By choosing to study A-Level French, you will be able to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in French for a variety of purposes. You will also develop an awareness of the cultural background, society and heritage of France. It is recommended that you have already studied French at GCSE before commencing study at A-Level.
A specific arrangement of units is required for certification, made up of two AS-Level units and two A2 level units. You will study four units for the award of A-Level French. The assessment for A-Level French is by role-play, topic discussion and exam. Over the course, you will undergo at least 360 guided learning hours over a two-year period. These guided learning hours are levels set by the government on how much time the tutor at your sixth form or college has to be present to give guidance (such as lectures, tutorials etc.) towards your award.
- OCR AS-Level French
The two core units for AS-Level French are Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Sub-topics will include daily living, leisure and entertainment, communication and media and education and training. You will be able to listen and respond to a variety of spoken sources as well as read and respond to writing in a variety of styles. You will also be able to speak French to express facts, ideas, explanations and opinions both verbally and in writing. You will also develop an understanding of grammar and be able to apply this.
- AQA AS-Level French
The Listening, Reading and Writing and Speaking Test units will cover a variety of topics such as the media, popular culture, healthy/living/lifestyle, family/relationships and popular culture.
- Edexcel AS-Level French
Across the two units, Spoken Expression and Response in French and Understanding and Written Response in French, you will be able to converse in French as well as read and respond to writings in a number of topics such as youth culture and concerns, lifestyle, the world around us, education and employment.
- WJEC AS-Level French
In the first unit, Oral in French and the second unit, Listening, Reading and Writing in French, you will demonstrate your knowledge of responding to both spoken and written French. The sup-topics that you will focus on include individuals and society as well as leisure and lifestyles.
- University of Cambridge International Examinations AS-Level French
The two units are the Speaking Test and Reading and Writing. These cover a variety of topics, such as the family, law and order, health and fitness, employment, sport, science and technology, war, peace and conservation. There are also the options to study AS-Level French – Language, which focuses on achieving fluency accuracy and confidence in the language, or AS-Level French – Literature that will allow you the opportunity to study a variety of French prose, poetry and drama.
- CCEA AS-Level French
In the first AS unit, Speaking and the second unit, Listening, Reading and Writing, you will focus on a variety of topics around relationships, health and lifestyle and young people in society. A2-Level French The A2 French is the equivalent of the second year of study of A-Level French. This is not a separate award. The A2–Level French with the AS-Level French makes up the A-Level French. A2-Level French will further develop your knowledge from AS-Level French.
- OCR A2 French
The A2 units are Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Sub-topics that you will study include society, environment, science, technology, and culture. You will be able to develop your AS skills of listening and responding verbally and in writing. You will also develop your grammatical knowledge.
- AQA A2 French
The A2 units will allow you to develop your AS French knowledge and skills in the two units of Listening, Reading and Writing and Speaking.
- Edexcel A2 French
In the Understanding and Spoken Response in French, you are able to demonstrate your spoken and written skills with an issue of your own choice. In Research, Understanding and Written Response in French you will produce an essay as well as research a topic that relates to the French-culture. As well as the AS topics, there are additional topics of customs, traditions, beliefs and religions, events, literature and the arts.
- WJEC A2 French
You will build on your AS knowledge in the A2 units, Oral in French and Listening, Reading and Writing in French. Both of these will allow you to demonstrate your language skills in responding to both spoken and written French. The sub-topics that you will focus on include environmental issues and social and political issues.
- University of Cambridge International Examinations A2 French
The A2 components will continue to build on your AS knowledge and skills in the Speaking Test and the Reading and Writing unit.
- CCEA A2 French
In the A2 units, Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing, you will focus on a variety of topics including local and global citizenship and environmental awareness.
A-Level French Exam Board Information
- The specification for AQA AS-Level and A-Level French and is available on their website.
- The specification for OCR AS and A-Level French is available here.
- The Edexcel AS and A-Level French specification is available from their website.
- The specification for WJEC A-Level French is here.
- The relevant year syllabus for Cambridge International AS and A-Level French is available here.
- The CCEA A-Level French specification is available on the CCEA website.
Many students choose to study A-Level French so that they can study French at university. A number of students will study other modern foreign languages alongside, such as Spanish. Some universities offer the opportunity to study French with a number of subjects, such as Business Studies with French. Career opportunities include translation, linguistics and teaching, as well as the opportunity to work and live in France, or other French-speaking countries.
Other Useful Information
- OCR past papers for A-Level French are available on their website
- Past papers for Edexcel A-Levels are available here.
- AQA have past papers available.
- WJEC offer specimen materials on their website.
- There are a number of past question papers available for the University of Cambridge International Examinations AS-Level French.
- Past papers for CCEA A-Level French are available on the CCEA website.
- Further links to A-Level French revision resources are available through s-cool.
- There is a variety of links to French resources here.