Studying French at A-Level will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of French culture and social issues whilst developing your written and spoken fluency. The course will provide you with critical and analytical skills crucial to further study and to understanding the wider world.


·         develop control of the language to convey meaning using spoken and written skills,

·         develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to sustain communication and build fluency and confidence

·         promote and develop capacity for critical and analytical thinking

·         engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the original language

·         develop knowledge of key issues in the society and culture, past and present, of the country or countries where the language is spoken

·         develop transferable independent research skills

Exam board: Edexcel
Syllabus title: Pearson Edexcel GCE in French
Course code: A Level – 9FR0/01

Course content

Study of the following Socio-Political themes:

Theme 1: Evolving French Society

·         Changing family structures

·         Education  

·         World of work

Theme 2 : Political and artistic cultures in francophone countries

·         Music

·         Media

·         Festivals and traditions

Theme 3: Immigration and French multicultural society

·         Integration and multiculturalism

·         Rise of the far right

Theme 4: The Occupation and the Resistance

·         Theme 1: The Occupation

·         Theme 2: The Resistance

Study of one French language film

Study of one French language literary text (book or play)


Assessment and weighting

Paper 1: 40% Listening/Reading and Translation. (80 marks) (2h)
Paper2: 30% Writing based on book and film (120 marks) (2h 40mins)

Paper3:30% Speaking (72 marks) (21-23 mins)


Cinema (film in the target language)
Theatre (play in the target language)
·         Trip to France ((residential or/and day trip)

Future opportunities/ career

Modern Foreign Language A Levels are seen as facilitating subjects by the Russell group of universities. Many students combine a language with business, law or IT. Language skills are highly prized by employers in general and may also lead to foreign travel and job opportunities abroad.

Qualifications/ School record


6 in English and Maths
7 at GCSE French
·         95% attendance in year 11

·         Engaged in learning at KS4


·         Hard working

·         Positive

·         Interested in the world around you

·         Sociable/ enthusiastic




Prepared to do independent research


·         Team worker

·         Leadership

·         Takes part in class discussions 

·         To be able to research effectively

·         Keen Reader

·         Confident speaker

·         Independent worker

·         Organized

·         Curious about the world around you


Required: None required


Updated 24/02/2022