MFL – French


How long does it last? Two years for A Level, one year for AS Level
Course Code: AQA 7652
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/french-7652

Students who take this course:
Students will have a minimum of a grade B in GCSE French. Students will be interested in the culture and way of life in the countries where French is spoken and it is likely that students will spend time in one of these countries on an educational visit or exchange. Students will need to take a positive interest in current affairs and ethical issues in general. Students could go on to study languages further at degree level and language graduates are sought after and highly employable. Languages are also enabling A Levels for a vast range of degree courses.

Course Description:

This course is a radical and exciting departure from the GCSE specification. Far higher levels of independent study and research skills are required. A more rigorous approach to grammar is a prerequisite to achieving true mastery of the language. Students are strongly advised to read French newspapers as well as visiting French speaking countries.

Students will gain a lasting appreciation of language and learning, an ability to comprehend French in a wide range of contexts, an ability to communicate readily in French for a variety of purposes, a useful knowledge of and insights into French-speaking cultures (both contemporary and historic) and valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment.

AS and A Level students will be assessed in the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and will be required to develop knowledge and understanding, through the language of study, of aspects of the society, culture and history of the country or countries where the language is spoken.

AS students will study two of the following themes, A Level students will study all four of the following themes:

  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  • Grammar

Students will also be required:

  • at AS Level, to know, understand and respond critically in writing in the language of study to one work chosen from a prescribed list provided. Students must choose either a literary work or a film.
  • at A Level, study and critically appreciate in writing two works, one of which must be a literary work.