A-level French

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 A-levels

If you choose A-level French, you will study technological and social change,highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including music and cinema, and learn about who wields political power in the French-speaking world. You will also explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities. Throughout your studies, you will enhance your skills from GCSE and learn to master the language in the context of French speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. You will study literary texts and films and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice.

Assessment tasks will take place at the end of the two-year course and will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. You will study through the AQA exam board.


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Ideal if:

This course will suit you if you have a desire to improve your communication skills; you would enjoy a lively discussion in French; you have a curiosity about the mechanics of language; grammar interests you and you aim for accuracy; you have an interest in other cultures and current affairs; you may want to work or live abroad.


You’ll need:

At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English and mathematics and at least a grade B or grade 6 or 7, in a relevant subject.

You’ll learn:

You will study literary texts and films and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice.

Social issues :
The changing nature of family (La famille en voie de changement)
The place of voluntary work (Le rôle du bénévolat)
Positive features of a diverse society (Les aspects positifs d'une société diverse)
Life for the marginalised (Quelle vie pour les marginalisés ?)
How criminals are treated (Comment on traite les criminels)

Political culture :

Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment (Les ados, le droit de vote et l'engagement politique)
Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? (manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir ? )
Politics and immigration (La politique et l'immigration)

Artistic culture :

A culture proud of its heritage (Une culture fière de son patrimoine)
Contemporary francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine)
Cinema: the 7th art form (Cinéma : le septième art)


Small group sizes, outstanding staff and close tutorial support.

You’ll love:

French is a great subject choice because you develop your cultural and political awareness of the French-speaking world and develop your language skills to the point of fluency. Speaking at least one foreign language also significantly enhances your employment opportunities.

You’ll go on to:

Further studies at university, higher level apprenticeship or employment.





A-level French

Start Date

September 2019


St Austell


2 years

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