French is spoken by approximately 74 million people worldwide - and not just in France, also Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Africa and many more countries. If you'd like to learn a language that will truly open up the world, as well as a range of career options such as teaching, translation, travel and tourism, sales and marketing – then A-level French is the course for you!
With your personal tutor's unlimited support and guidance, you'll develop your French speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. You'll explore topics such as political and artistic culture in the French-speaking world, social issues and trends, as well as grapple with the finer points of grammar. You'll further develop your ability to speak and write coherently, confidently communicate with native speakers, express ideas fluently and accurately comprehend and discuss source material.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - The Changing nature of family (La famille en voie de changement)
In unit one, you’ll practise talking about changing trends in marriage and other forms of partnership and develop your ability to comprehend conversation focusing on this topic. You’ll deepen your understanding of the imperfect tense, begin to master the skill of translating small texts into French, recognise and understand the past tense and more.
Unit 2 - The ‘cyber-society' (La cyber-société)
In unit two of A-level French, you’ll discover how to discuss the ways in which technology makes our everyday lives easier, as well as the potential dangers it poses.
Unit 3 - Voluntary work (Le rôle du bénévolat)
Next, you’ll move on to the topic of voluntary work, becoming comfortable with discussing what it is, who it helps and the value it holds for the wider community.
Unit 4 - A culture proud of its heritage (Une culture fière de son patrimoine)
Moving on, you’ll take a look at French culture at a national, regional and local level, practising and expanding your vocabulary and grammar knowledge as you do so. You’ll explore heritage and tourism and how heritage reflects popular culture.
Unit 5 - Contemporary Francophone music (La musique francophone contemporaine)
In unit five of this A-level French course, you’ll practice discussing contemporary Francophone music, its diverse style and consider who listens to it.
Unit 6 - The 7th art form (Cinéma: le septième art)
In this unit, you’ll be focusing on the topic of cinema, somewhat of a national passion amongst the French. You’ll become comfortable discussing French film, along with your own film preferences.
Unit 7 - Positive features of a diverse society (Les aspects positifs d'une société diverse)
Moving on, you’ll examine how French culture is enriched by diversity, along with the key French values of tolerance and respect.
Unit 8 - Life for the marginalised (Quelle vie pour les marginalisés?)
In unit eight, you’ll practise discussing marginalised groups and people’s attitudes towards them, expanding your French vocabulary and honing your grammar skills.
Unit 9 - How criminals are treated (Comment on traite les criminels)
Next, you’ll look at French attitudes towards criminals and crime in general. You’ll also examine whether prison can be considered a success or failure and become comfortable expressing your own opinion on the matter in the French language.
Unit 10 - Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment (Les ados, le droit de vote et l'engagement politique)
Here, you’ll take a look at the topic of teenagers, exploring key issues such as whether all teens should be given the right to vote. You’ll learn how to discuss teenage attitudes towards politics in general and what the future holds for the next generation.
Unit 11 - Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? (manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir?)
In unit eleven, you’ll become comfortable discussing the power of unions in France, as well as the topic of demonstrations and strikes. You’ll also examine different attitudes towards these points of political contention.
Unit 12 - Politics and immigration (La politique et l'immigration)
In the final unit, you’ll take a look at political solutions to the question of immigration and the differing viewpoints of various French political parties.
AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSE courses, IGCSE courses and A-level courses.
Upon successfully completing this home learning course, you will receive an A-level in French, issued by AQA, the leading awarding body. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.
How is this course assessed or examined?
You can enrol now for A-level French AQA examinations for Summer 2024.
For this A-level French course, you'll be required to complete three assessments:
- Paper 1: 2 hours 30 minutes, 50% of A-level, 100 marks
- Paper 2: 2 hours 30 minutes, 20% of A-level, 80 marks
- Oral Exam 1: 21-23 minutes, 30% of A-level, 60 marks
The exams contain multiple-choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions.
GCSE French or equivalent is recommended before starting this course. This French A-level syllabus is a difficulty level three: the equivalent difficulty of an A-level or BTEC, usually suitable for most learners of all ages.