A Level: French

Key Facts

Exam Board – Edxecel

What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

You must have a GCSE in French at Grade 6 or above. You must also have a good grasp of English (Level 5 or above). You must also have an interest in France and the French-speaking world in general.

What will I learn?

You will learn about the French society and culture through learning the intricacies of the language, reading novels and plays and watching films. It will give you the chance to get an insight into what it is like to be a young person in France or in a French-speaking country. Besides, it will give you the opportunity to learn more about how languages can support your future career.

Assessment

Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Translation

You will draw on vocabulary and structures learnt throughout the course based on the society and culture of France and French-speaking countries.

Paper 2 – Written response to works and translation

You will be required to translate a previously unseen passage from English into French and draw on the study of one French text (e.g. play or novel) or film.

Paper 3 – Speaking

You will be required to read and respond to short texts on French society and on political and artistic culture in the French-speaking world.

Why should I choose French?

Familiarizing yourself with French culture and language will open your mind and help you understand the complexities of foreign cultures and lifestyles. In addition, a foreign language is widely considered to be a rigorously academic subject and is also highly regarded by Further Education institutions for the communication skills that it helps students to develop. An A-level in a foreign language will provide you with an invaluable linguistic base on which to build your fluency. Employers prefer candidates who already have a language qualification. It saves them money on training and gives you a proven track record. Finally, critical thinking skills improve as you learn to see the world through a different cultural perspective so learning a second language actually stimulates your creative streak too!