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French A Level 3

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Linear Course: The A Level in French gives students the opportunity to develop and deepen their awareness and understanding of the language, as well as the cultural knowledge of the countries and communities where the language is spoken.




Students will be assessed on three exams and they will focus on varied aspects of the French language which will be covered during the course and in preparation for the three parts of the assessment.


Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation

Students will be assessed on their understanding of spoken and written French from a variety of types of authentic texts and listening material, as well as their ability to translate accurately from French into English. Texts and recordings vary in length to include some extended passages. All spoken and written materials are culturally relevant to France and French-speaking countries and are drawn from the four main themes.

Students should be able to:

● understand main points, gist and detail from spoken and written material

● infer meaning from complex spoken and written material

● assimilate and use information from spoken and written sources, including material from online media

● summarise information from spoken sources, reporting key points and subject matter

● translate from French into English.


Paper 2: Written response to works and translation

Students should be able to:

● develop a detailed understanding and appreciation of the works studied, by writing critical and analytical responses in the language of study to the works, taken from a prescribed list provided

● produce responses that relate to features such as the form and the technique of presentation, key concepts and issues and the social context, as appropriate to the work studied

● present viewpoints; develop arguments; persuade; and analyse and evaluate

● manipulate language accurately through translating an unseen passage from English into French. Students must study two discrete French works: either two literary texts, or one literary text and one film. The works must be taken from a prescribed list of texts and films. The literary texts listed include a range of novels, plays and a series of short stories. All of the films are feature length. The content of the translation will be a passage based on one of the four themes.


Paper 3: Speaking

Students should be able to demonstrate:

● knowledge and understanding of the cultural context by giving ideas, examples and information on one of the themes and on a chosen subject of interest they have researched linked to the social and cultural context of the language studied

● the ability to analyse aspects of the cultural context by presenting and justifying valid arguments, viewpoints and conclusions

● the ability to interact and hold a natural and fluent discourse skill in manipulating language accurately

● the ability to respond to written language in speech. These aspects are assessed via two distinct tasks conducted entirely in the target language, which are carried out in consecutive order in one session.


The course will cover four main themes throughout the two years:

● Thème 1 : Les changements dans la société française

● Thème 2 : La culture politique et artistique dans les pays francophones

● Thème 3 : L’immigration et la société multiculturelle française

● Thème 4 : L’Occupation et la Résistance

How will it be delivered?

Written examination


80 marks

2 hours


30 marks


30 marks

Translation into English

20 marks


of total

A Level

Written examination


120 marks

2 hour 40 minutes

Translation into French

20 marks

Written response to works (literary texts)

50 marks

Written response to works (films)

50 marks


of total

A Level



72 marks

21-23 minutes

Discussion of a theme

30 marks

Independent research presentation and discussion

42 marks



of total

A Level


Entry requirements

Six 9-5 (A*-C) GCSE grades with at least four at grade 6 (B) including grade 6, in French  and in other subjects to be studied at A level


Your next steps...

You could take this course with other Advanced level course or equivalent to prepare for higher education in French, Languages or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to French or Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your French to study or work over in France. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector.


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