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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 does count towards the A Level. However, you may choose just to complete the AS at the end of Year 12 rather than carry on to A2.

How will you be assessed?

AS: internally assessed oral examination and 1 written paper

A2: internally assessed oral examination and 2 written papers

What is the outline content over 2 years?

  • AS Unit 1: Speaking – 12-15 minutes + 15 minutes preparation (12% of qualification)
  • AS Unit 2: Listening, Reading, Translation (from French into English) and Critical response in writing (closed book - 1 essay on the chosen film) – 2 hours 30 minutes (28% of qualification)
  • A Level Unit 3: Speaking – 11- 12 minutes - Independent Research Project (18% of qualification)
  • A Level Unit 4: Listening, Reading and Translation (from English to French)  – 2 hours (30% of qualification)
  • A Level Unit 5: Critical and analytical response in writing (closed book – 1 essay on the chosen piece of literature) – 1 hour 30 minutes (12% of qualification)

Year 12 - Film study

Film : Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Year 13 – Literature study

Kiffe-Kiffe Demain by Faiza Guène