Course type: A level & Applied • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel
The topics studied in year one of the course include a range of social issues and trends such as; changes in family structures in France, education and the world of work. You will also study aspects of the political and artistic culture including festivals, traditions, music, media and politics. In the second year of the course you will study the impacts, challenges and benefits of immigration on France since the 19th century. You will also
cover WW2 and more specifically the German Occupation and The Resistance period. You will study a set film and a book which will be assessed through a target language essay. In addition, you will have to carry out an independent research project which will be assessed within the Speaking exam.
You will have three examinations:
Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation 40%
Paper 2: Written response to works and translation 30%
Paper 3: Speaking 30%
With a French A Level qualification you can study the language at University as a subject in itself or joined to another subject of your choice. You can also follow different career paths, such as: Translator, Interpreter, Teacher, Journalist and Bilingual Secretary. You can also work in a variety of sectors like Business, Finance, Tourism, Media, Retail and many others.
To qualify to study 3 A level/ Applied subjects, you will need to achieve 6 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, preferably including English Language or Maths at grade 4 or above.
In addition/ within those 6 GCSEs, for this subject you will need to achieve Grade 6 in French. Native speakers to be interviewed by Head of MFL if they do not have a GCSE qualification in French.
A level French has been developed to inspire students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the French-speaking world.