The study of french at as level

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The study of A Level French further develops and extends the students’ competence in each of the four skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
The examination board is CCEA. The latest version of the Revised AS and A2 French Specifications can be viewed and downloaded on the
A Level French study also provides the opportunity to learn about the society and the culture of France and French speaking communities.


  • different family structures,

  • roles, responsibilities and relationships within families,

  • challenges for families,

  • intergenerational issues and

  • influences on young people for example peers, family and friends.

Culture & Lifestyle:

  • physical well-being for example diet and exercise,

  • risk taking behaviour for example smoking, alcohol, drugs and extreme sports,

  • dealing with stress and challenges for example school and examinations,

  • hobbies and interests for example sport or music,

  • the arts, film, fashion and design,

  • social media and new technology and

  • holidays, festivals and tourism

AS and A2 French studies build on the knowledge and skills achieved at GCSE level. In addition to the 5 hours of French study each week there will be an additional hour with a French assistant in order to practice spoken French.

The study of A level French is highly recommended to gain entry into many university courses and for many job opportunities as in an increasingly global economy, proficiency in French is a highly marketable job skill. French is integral to or complementary with a huge number of careers including international business, computers, travel and tourism, public administration, law, banking, medicine, accountancy, journalism, education and social work. In fact, a sound working knowledge of one or more modern European languages has become a major differentiator when it comes to recruitment. The study of other European languages and literature develops cultural awareness and sensitivity, improves one’s ability to communicate and promotes greater appreciation of European business environments.

France is our closest European neighbour and after English, French is the most widely spoken and studied language in Europe. French is a major working language in the bureaucracy of the European Union and has been the vehicle for a large proportion of modern European culture and literature. In the world of international commerce, industry and politics, French is often the common language of communication. It is also the official language of forty countries worldwide.

Details of assessments:


Assessment format


Weightings and


AS1 Speaking

Q1: Presentation

Q2: Conversation

Approx.13 minutes

12% of A level

AS 2




Section A:


Students answer 2 questions based on 2 passages recorded on individual CDs.

40 minutes

Section B

Q1:Reading comprehension questions based on one text.

Q2:Translation from French to English

Q3: Short grammatical exercises and sentences to translate from English to French

1 hour 20 minutes

16% of A level French

Section C:

Extended essay question : choice of film or literary text

1 hour

12% of A Level French


Students can take:

The full advanced GCE award is based on the students’ marks for AS (40%) and the A2 (60%).

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