Key Stage 5 - Years 12 and 13

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

We are extremely proud to be offering Key Stage 5 courses in French for 2017.  This has been a direct result from increased interest and demand from students.

A-level languages are where the real fun begins.  By this time students will already have a solid understanding of the basics and can start to branch out into many new exciting and interesting topics and discussions.

Not only is the course extremely interesting, rich and engaging, it is also an incredibly useful A-level in terms of employability.  Having a A-level language qualification on your CV shows any employer great commitment and an impressive level of ability.

There are many courses around the UK where you can study towards a Single Honours degree in French.  The majority of these courses involve a year studying in France or another French-speaking country, which is a fantastic opportunity both for educational and personal reasons.

Likewise there are many courses where you can take a language in addition to another subject such as Law or a second and sometimes even a third language such as Spanish and German.

Course outline:

This qualification is linear and all examinations will take place at the end of Year 13.  However, students will be regularly assessed in class and will complete formal internal examinations in Year 12.

Core content

  • Social issues and trends
  • Political and artistic culture
  • Grammar

You will get the opportunity to study either one text and one film or two texts from the list below.


  • Voltaire Candide
  • Françoise Sagan Bonjour tristesse
  • Joseph Joffo Un sac de billes
  • Faïza Guène Kiffe kiffe demain
  • Philippe Grimbert Un secret


  • Au revoir les enfants Louis Malle (1987)
  • La Haine Mathieu Kassovitz (1995)
  • L’auberge espagnole Cédric Klapisch (2002)
  • Un long dimanche de fiançailles Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2004)
  • Entre les murs Laurent Cantet (2008)

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing, 2 hour and 30 mins, 100 marks, 50% of A-level.

Listening: Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts. All questions are in French.  30marks.

Reading: Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources. All questions are in French. 50 marks.

Writing: Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks) Translation into French; a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks).

Paper 2: Writing, 2 hours, 80 marks, 20% of A-level

Either one question in French on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in French on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in French on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.

Paper 3: Speaking, 21-25 minutes, including 5 minutes preparation time, 60 marks, 30% of A-level.

Individual research project covering one of four sub-themes ie  Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends, Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world.

  • Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes).  The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test (25 marks).
  • Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).