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Exam Board Specification


Length of course

1 year

How the course is assessed

Paper 1- Listening, Reading and translation into English: 45%

Paper 2- Translation into French + Essay writing on a film studied in class: 25%

Paper 3- Speaking: 30%

Description of course

AS French has been designed to give you a profound understanding of the French language. Not only will you know more about the mechanics of the language – like grammar and vocabulary – but also about how people live and use French on a day-to-day basis.

You will:

  • develop and build on skills learned at GCSE
  • achieve a sound basis for further study
  • gain an insight into another culture and society
  • widen your employment prospects 

You will study the following topics: 

  • Social issues and trends
    • the changing nature of the family
    • the 'cyber-society'
    • the place of voluntary work
  • Artistic culture
    • A culture proud of its heritage
    • Contemporary francophone music
    • Cinema : the 7th art form
  • Study of a set French film 

Higher education, future careers and progression routes

Languages skills open up many interesting career opportunities. Traditionally, language specialists have worked as translators, interpreters and teachers but there are many other fields in which their skills are highly valued. These include business (e.g. export sales, bilingual PA), journalism, travel and transport (e.g. tour guide, air cabin crew, freight forwarder), civil service as well as engineering, finance or designing where being proficient in a language will give you broader career options. In other words, language skills can fit around any career! 

Entry Criteria:

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 4 or higher in English Language, grade 4 or higher in Maths (point score of 46 or higher).

To study A Level French required to have a GCSE grade B/5 or equivalent in French. You will need to feel confident at this level in the four French skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. You must also have some knowledge and understanding of the culture and way of life in France and be willing to find out more!

Additional information:

Why study French at AS level?

The ability to speak a modern foreign language is becoming more and more highly regarded by both universities and employers alike. Students find that MFL is a natural fit for many subjects, enabling them to use their skills and qualifications to access career opportunities at home and abroad. But on a wider level, anybody who wants to travel for work or pleasure should consider taking this course. 

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