French A Level Course Content

Aims of the A Level Course

By the end of the course, students will:

  • Develop written and spoken language and be able to use French independently and a variety of contexts.
  • Develop an understanding of the countries and cultures where French is spoken and the influence of France and its culture around the world.
  • Be confident studying texts and films in your chosen language, and critically analyse a variety of different cultural themes.
  • Develop the ability to argue, analyse and evaluate in speech and in writing.
  • Appreciate spiritual, moral, ethical, environmental, health and European issues.

The nature of the course allows students to develop critical skills and a wide understanding of the world around them and many of the important issues impacting daily life and future decisions, helping to prepare them for future studies and employment in a range of areas.

Topics at A Level

Throughout the course, you will study four main themes.

  • In theme 1, you will learn about changes in French society – the role of and changes to family life, education and the word of work and gender equality.
  • In theme 2, you will study political and artistic culture in the French speaking world including music, the media (and modern media) and festivals and traditions in French speaking countries.
  • Theme 3 looks at immigration and multi-cultural French society, and the advantages and challenges linked to immigration and the rise of the extreme right.
  • In theme 4, you will study an important period in French history – Nazi occupation and resistance.

In addition to this, we will have the opportunity study a popular French film (Intouchables) and a well-known and popular piece of French literature (L’étranger).


The course is assessed entirely by examination

  • Unit 1: Reading, listening and translation into English (40%)
  • Unit 2: Written response to works and translation (30%)
  • Unit 3: Speaking examination (30%)

For reasons why to study languages, please see our 'Why do AS/A Level?' page.

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