Examination Board:  AQA

A-level French helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in French and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context. 

This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in French with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken French in a variety of contexts and genres.

Students studying French will gain skills in:

  • Discussing, agreeing and arguing
  • Listening, understanding and summarising
  • Reading, understanding and summarising
  • Deeper analysis of literature and film in French


Skills gained:

  • Speaking in detail to answer questions and debate issues
  • Listening for comprehension
  • Reading for comprehension
  • Writing summaries to adapt what has been heard or read into your own words
  • Writing to analyse and evaluate French literature and film

Grade 6 in GCSE French

In Year 12 topics covered include:

  • Changes in French Society
  • Political and Artistic Culture in French Speaking Countries
  • French Film

Topics covered in Year 13 include:

  • Immigration and the French Multi-Cultural Society
  • Occupation and the Resistance
  • A work of literature and a film 
  • Or Two works of Literature


3 exams:

  • Speaking Exam including discussion of student project (20-25 mins – 30% of final grade)
  • Listening, Reading and Translation Paper (2 hours 30 – 50% of final grade)
  • Writing Paper – 2 essays on books/films studied (2 hours – 20% of final grade)

Skills Gained

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Deeper Analysis of literature and film

Research for individual project on a topic relating to France or a French-speaking country

An A Level in French will prepare you for higher education and careers in business, translating, journalism, tourism and logistics, the finance sector, working in the EU, international relations (sales, marketing and legal), interpreting and teaching. We believe that it opens up a world of possibilities.