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Devonport High School for Girls

Head of Department

Mrs D Broadbent BA (Hons), PGCE, MA (Ed)

A Level Course Outline

This course aims to give candidates an excellent grounding in all aspects of the French language with the opportunity to develop ability and confidence in the four skill areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Furthermore, the specification aims to stimulate greater cultural awareness of France and the Francophone world.

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

A level French is a valuable asset for a variety of degrees and career areas including Law, Accountancy, Business, Media and Teaching. Most French degrees involve a year abroad in France or a French-speaking country.

Course Content

Examination Board


Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website

French  AS - 7651
 French A - 7652

What is assessed:  Aspects of French-speaking society (current trends) Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

AS Level

Paper 1

Listening, reading and writing
Written exam: 1 hr 45 mins - 90 marks 45% of AS  


Paper 2

Writing (one literary text or film from set list)
Written Exam: 1hr 30 mins - 50 marks 25% of AS


Paper 3

Oral exam: 12–14 minutes - 60 marks 30% of AS

What is assessed: Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends/current Trends.  Artistic culture and aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

A Level

Paper 1

Listening, reading and writing
Written exam: 2 hrs 30 mins - 100 marks 50% of A level


Paper 2

Writing (one literary text and one film or two texts from set list)

Written Exam: 2hrs - 80 marks 20% of A Level


Paper 3

Speaking (including individual research project) Oral exam: 21-23 minutes (+5mins preparation time) - 60 marks 30% of A Level