A level

Examination Board: AQA

Specification: 7652

Course Leader: Mrs H Frid

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French is such a diverse area of study; it combines aspects of other subjects such as Literature, History and Politics, so if you are someone with multiple interests, I would highly recommend it. 
We consider some fascinating topics, perspectives and concepts and everything we study is considered not only in France but across the whole francophone world, so there is ample opportunity to really widen your cultural horizons. Over your time studying, you will develop your reading, listening, writing and speaking skills, using authentic materials and skills that are applicable far beyond the realm of languages.  Daisie Y13

What Will I Study?

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends: The changing nature of family, The ‘cyber-society’, The place of voluntary work.

Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues: Positive features of a diverse society, Life for the marginalised, How criminals are treated.

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world: A culture proud of its heritage, Contemporary francophone music, Cinema: the 7th art form.

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world: Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment, Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?, Politics
and immigration.

Entry Requirements

Students require a Grade 5 or above at GCSE French, or substantial experience of speaking the language either at home or while living abroad.


Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation.

Paper 2: Written response to works – based on the study of a film and a literary text.

Paper 3: Oral (discussion of an issue and research-based project).

Where Next?

A wide range of careers where a language is a useful extra such as accounting, public relations, journalism, advertising, law, international marketing, administration and many more in this increasingly global world. In addition, more traditional language routes include translating. As part of your course you will be able to do a work experience placement in France, during that time you will live with a family and work in area of your interest.

Please note

During this course you will read and listen to authentic French language materials and will study aspects of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of a country where French is spoken. You will have opportunities to develop your understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, ethical, environmental, health and European issues.

Department Staff

Mr A Blagona (ABL) Assistant Headteacher, Director of Teaching School Contact