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Blessed George Napier Catholic School and Sixth Form Youth Sport Trust Lead School

Blessed George Napier
Catholic School and Sixth Form
Youth Sport Trust Lead School

Part of the Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Company




Year 12

Year 13

Did you know that in France you can marry a dead person? Or that French gastronomy was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2010? These are a couple of the things you will learn about in A Level French.


This is a 2 year linear course assessed at the end of Year 13.


Theme 1:   Changes in French society.

Theme 2:   Political and artistic culture in French-speaking countries.




Theme 3:  Immigration and French Multi-cultural society

Theme 4: The Occupation and Resistance.




Paper 1: (1 hour 50 minutes)

Listening, reading and translation into English (40%)


Paper 2: (2 hours 40 minutes) (30%) Writing

  1. Translation into French
  2. Essay on ‘Le sac de billes’ by Joseph Joffo
  3. Essay on the film ‘Intouchables’


Paper 3: Speaking Test (21-23 minutes) (30%)


Task 1: Students discuss one theme from the four listed above.

Task 2: Students present and discuss a topic they have independently researched.


Links Well With: 

French links well with any A Level as it is a subject that gives you skills to operate in any field, including Maths and Science.  From a linguistic perspective, it links well with English and Spanish. However, languages also provide an insight into another culture and society; the course content links well to subjects such as Art, Geography, History, Music, Philosophy and Ethics and Sociology.

Progression Routes:                        

Students can go on to study French at university with the focus on a range of specialisms.  Many universities also offer courses where you can study a language as an additional unit or module to your main subject and even offer study or work placements abroad. Speaking a language opens the door to the whole spectrum of employment possibilities.

Entry Requirements:   

GCSE Grade 6 French.