GCSE French Grade 6.

The skills and knowledge studied in French at GCSE, particularly grammar, will form the basis of the course.


Over the two years, the following Themes will be covered:

  1. Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues and trends 
  2. Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  3. Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world


The exam will be take place at the end of Year 13.

Paper 1 Listening, reading and translation (50%)

Paper 2 Written response to a literary work and a film (20%)

Paper 3 Speaking (30%)



During the course, authentic foreign language materials are used to practise the Reading and Listening skills. Aspects of contemporary society, culture and the heritage of France are also studied.  Opportunities will be presented to develop understanding and awareness of issues relating to spirituality, morality, ethics, health, immigration, French society and Europe.


French A level allows students to become effective communicators, speak and write French for a range of different situations and purposes and express facts, ideas, opinions and information fluently in French. Students will also develop skills associated with an independent research project as part of the Speaking exam.


There is an opportunity for students to take part in an exchange programme with students from our link school, L’Institution Jeanne d’Arc in the suburbs of Paris, where students are able to spend time with a host family, fully immersing themselves in the French language and culture while also attending school.


Why study French at A Level?     

  • French is a major language for trade and culture in at least 63 countries situated on all 5 continents 
  • French is the second native language of Europe after German, with English in third place!
  • The experience of developing advanced language skills is interesting and intellectually challenging
  • An A Level in French is extremely favourably regarded by both universities and employers
  • An A Level in French can lead to a career in translating and interpreting, the diplomatic and civil services, HM forces, the law, teaching and academic research, marketing, journalism, retail, librarianship and archives, bilingual secretarial work, travel and tourism, international trade and public relations to name but a few!


Effective oral and written communication skills - in two (or more) languages

Adaptability: understanding cultural differences

Maturity and independence

IT skills

Good learning strategies

Team-working / responsibility / initiative

Adaptability, understanding of different cultures