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Why study this subject?

  • To build on previous study of French
  • To develop linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries/communities where the language is spoken
  • To study literature and film in order to undertake a deeper analysis of language structures and cultural awareness
  • To build confidence and fluency in spoken French
  • To research an area of personal interest related to the country/communities where French is spoken
  • To gain a greater awareness of intercultural differences

Which Examination Board?


Does the AS count towards the A Level or is it a standalone qualification?

The AS is a standalone qualification. It does not count towards the A Level. You can opt into the AS qualification if you choose to drop this subject at the end of Year 12.

How will you be assessed?

Externally assessed oral examination and 2 written papers.

What is the outline content over 2 years?

  • AS Component 1: Speaking 30% – 12-14 minutes + 15 minutes preparation
  • AS Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation 50% – 2 hours
  • AS Component 3: Critical response in writing (closed book) 20% – 1 hour 15 minutes (essay on 1 piece of literature or 1 film)
  • A Level Component 1: Speaking 30% – 21-23 minutes + 5 minutes preparation
  • A Level Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation 50% – 2 hours 30 minutes
  • A Level Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing (closed book) 20% – 2 hours (2 essays on 1 piece of literature and 1 film)

Year 12 - Literatureplus topics Literature

Vigan: No et moi

Social issues and trends

Theme: Being a young person in French-speaking society

Sub-theme: Families and citizenship

  • Changing family structures;
  • the changing nature of marriage and partnership;
  • being a good citizen

Sub-theme: Youth trends and personal identity

  • Trends in fashion; how young people respond to modern technology;
  • relationships with others and peer pressure

Sub-theme: Education and employment opportunities

  • The education system and student issues;
  • work and travel opportunities and the changing work scene

Political, intellectual and artistic culture

Theme: Understanding the French-speaking world

Sub-theme: Regional culture and heritage in France, French-speaking countries and communities

  • Festivals;
  • customs and traditions;
  • historical sites;
  • museums and galleries

Sub-theme: Media, art, film and music in the French-speaking world

  • Trends in media and art;
  • film and music in the lives of young people

Year 13 – Literature


Camus: L’Étranger

Vercors: Le silence de la mer

Ben Jelloun: Le racisme expliqué à ma fille


La Haine

Au Revoir les Enfants

Monsieur Batignole

Social issues and trends

Theme: Diversity and difference

Sub-theme: Migration and integration

  • Reasons for migration;
  • factors which make migration/integration easy/difficult

Sub-theme: Cultural identity and marginalisation

  • Reasons for marginalisation;
  • ways to eliminate marginalisation

Sub-theme: Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference

  • The positive aspects of a diverse society

Sub-theme: Discrimination and diversity

  • Life for those who are discriminated against

Political, intellectual and artistic culture

Theme: France 1940-1950: The occupation and post-war years

Sub-theme: June 1940-May 1945

  • Life in occupied France;
  • the French Resistance

Sub-theme: The cultural dimension in occupied France

  • The political context of theatre and cinema productions

Sub-theme: 1945-1950

  • Rebuilding and restructuring society in the post-war years