Exam Board: AQA    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at Grades 9-4 and GCSE French at Grade 6.

Reasons to study French A Level


Throughout French A Level students engage with complex subject matter requiring sophisticated analytical skills and the ability to express opinions clearly and concisely. They are taught to read, listen for detail and to interpret a wide variety of texts, in the process developing higher level writing skills and the ability to translate from French to English and vice versa. Students have the opportunity to study a modern French film and novel which adds further depth to their understanding of the cultural context of modern Francophone countries.

This allows students to develop their research skills and find out more about an aspect of society/ culture that they are particularly interested in thereby developing skills that will be of great benefit to either higher study or future employment.

Course Outline


Students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings.

They will study highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the French-speaking world.

Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities.

Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them.

Students will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Assessment Outline


Paper 1 Listening, reading and writing:
100 marks exam (2 hours 30 minutes) and is worth 50% of A-level.

Paper 2 Writing:
80 marks exam (2 hours) and is worth 20% of A-level.

Paper 3 Speaking:
21-23 minutes (including 5 mins preparation time), 60 marks, 30% of A-level.

The speaking exams are usually conducted in May but the exam board publishes the possible dates annually.

Progression Routes and Career Paths


  • Translator
  • Language Teacher
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Business Consultant
  • Linguist
  • Diplomat
  • Localization Specialist
  • Events Coordinator
  • International Aid Worker
  • Immigration Officer
  • Flight Attendant
  • Hotel Manager
  • Travel Representative
  • Research Analyst

The Romero’s French Department


Small groups to facilitate learning.

Engaging topics covering all aspects of French and Francophone society.

Appreciation of Francophone film and literature
Interactive online resources.

One-to-one speaking sessions.

Enrichment trips to France to immerse students in French culture.

Further Information


For more information or if you have any questions about the French A Level course please contact:

Mrs K Weager – Subject Leader for MFL [email protected]