Exam Board AQA
Qualification A Level




Grade 6 in French



(Outline of


In year one of the course there are 3 compulsory topics:

Current trends in French-speaking society (the changing nature of family, the ‘cyber-society’ and the place of voluntary work)

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world (a culture proud of its heritage, contemporary francophone music, cinema: the 7th art form)

In year two of the course there are 4 compulsory topics:

Current trends in French-speaking society (positive features of a diverse society, life for the marginalised and how criminals are treated)

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world (teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment, demonstrations, strikes (who holds the power?) and politics and immigration

A study of a French-speaking book and film

An individual research project linked to a French-speaking country or culture


Assessment Unit 1: Listening and Reading

2 hours 30 minutes, and forms 50% of the total A-level marks  

Unit 2: Writing

2 hours, and forms 20% of the total A-level marks

Unit 3: Speaking

2123 minutes (including 5 minutes of preparation time), and forms 30% of the total A-level marks


Careers Guidance French is a highly valued A-level and choosing it will increase your chances of gaining a place at a leading university. Languages combine well with any subject for further study: the range of combined degrees and further education courses involving a language is limitless – from Accountancy to Theatre Studies. Many universities even offer funding for students to continue or extend their language-knowledge by travelling or working abroad during the holidays. Many universities also offer the opportunity to take an ERASMUS year whereby students can study their degree subject in another country and develop and practise their language skills at the same time.

Recent graduate information has shown people with an A-Level in French have progressed into employment with roles such as an interpreter, legal executive, and marketing consultant.

Key Information

Transition Work

The transition work for French can be found below.

Students should attempt to complete one task weekly over the summer ahead of the start of the course.

Week 1

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Week 2

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Week 3

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Week 4

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Extra Grammar Exercises

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Practice Questions

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