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Specific Course Entry Requirements B in French
Examination Levels Offered AS and A2 Level
Examination Board Edexcel

If you like discussing contemporary issues and learning about the cultural background of other countries, you will certainly enjoy French AS/A-level.

 By the end of the course you should be able to communicate confidently and quite fluently in French.

The new A-level French course is a two year course, and will be examined at the end of Year 13. The AS qualification is a stand alone qualification which will be completed at the end of Year 12. Throughout the course you will develop your independent language creation skills: developing a range of vocabulary and broadening your grammatical understanding and application.

In Year 12, you will develop your language skills from GCSE and will look specifically at the following topics:

  • Changes in French Society: Family life, Education and the World of Work
  • Artistic and Political culture in France: Music, Media and Festivals and traditions

In addition to this you will complete an in depth study of a modern French film.

In Year 13, you will build on the topics from Year 12, and will also study:

  • Immigration and French Multicultural Society
  • The Occupation of France 1940-1944 and the French Resistance

In addition to this you will complete an in depth study of a French novel or play. You will also complete an independent research
project into an aspect of your choice of contemporary French society and culture which will form the basis of the A-level speaking exam.

For each qualification you will take the following units:

  • Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Translation (1 hour 50 minutes)
  • Unit 2: Written Response (1 hour 40 minutes at AS level; 2 hours 40 minutes at A-level)
  • Unit 3: Speaking (12-15 minutes at AS level; 16-18 minutes at A-level)

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