A level French

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French A level – a brief Introduction

French A level includes two major components – AS level and A2 level.  AS level is a qualification in its own right and may be studied for on a one-year course.

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. The course includes twelve Tutor-marked Assignments (known as TMAs), six in the AS course and six in the A2.

At both AS and A2 level the course is supported by aural material on CD-Rom, and access to Nelson Thornes online resources at Kerboodle.  Students will need to have internet access to benefit from these. Both the CD-Rom and online access to Kerboodle are included within the cost of the course.  For an overview see our blog on French A level, and for fuller details see the course Introduction.

The French AS level course covers the syllabus in five modules of the following titles:

AS level French

Module One: Family and Relationships

  • Relationships within the family
  • Friendships
  • Marriage and Partnerships

Module Two: Healthy Living and Lifestyle

  • Sport and exercise
  • Health and well-being
  • Holidays

Module Three: Media

  • Communication Technology
  • Television
  • Advertising

Module Four: Popular Culture

  • Cinema
  • Music
  • Fashion/Trends

Module Five: AS Unit 1 and Unit 2

  • Unit 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing Test
  • Appendix 1 – Phrases for Essay Writing at AS
  • Appendix 2 – CD Listening transcript
  • AS Unit 2 – Speaking Test
  • Appendix – Questions Personnelles, speaking and writing practice
  • French Grammar Section and Verb Table

A2 level French

The French A2 level course covers the syllabus in five modules as follows:

Module One: The Environment

  • Pollution
  • Energy
  • Protecting the Planet

Module Two: The Multicultural Society

  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism

Module Three: Contemporary Social Issues

  • Wealth and Poverty
  • Law and Order
  • Impact of Scientific and Technological Progress

Module Four: Cultural Topics

  • The work of a French speaking novelist: Faïza Guène
  • The work of a French speaking playwright: Molière

Module Five: Revision and Mock Exam

  • Unit 3 Listening, Reading and Writing Exam preparation
  • Unit 4 Speaking Test preparation

This course prepares candidates for the AQA French AS level syllabus 1651. Most candidates will then study the A2 syllabus 2651. The full Advanced level qualification comprises AS and A2. This syllabus has been chosen because it is the most suitable for distance learning.


Assessment for the AS is based on one 2 hour written paper worth 70% of the final mark (35% of A level) and a speaking and listening test worth 30% of the final mark (15% of A level. Assessment for the A2 is based on one paper on listening, reading and writing lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes and worth 35% of the A level, and one speaking test lasting 35 minutes (with 20 minutes preparation time) worth 15% of the A level. There is no coursework.


It is necessary to have 4 GCSE grades C or above including French to study this A level. It’s also recommended that you have access to a French speaker for additional practice with the spoken aspect of the course.

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