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Poetry and Rhetoric

Studying any language at a higher level is not only enjoyable for our students but gives access to a wide range of university courses at top universities. French is offered at various levels in Higher Line.

Our results, in 2015, were outstanding with 85%+ achieving A*-B at A2.


The syllabus chosen is AQA A-Level French. Link to AQA website.

This qualification is linear. Therefore students will sit all their exams at the end of the two year course.

It is assessed through three papers.

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing. This is a 2 hour and 30 minute examination and is worth 50% of the A-Level. It includes current trends, current issues, Artistic culture in the French speaking world, Aspects of Political life in the French speaking world and Grammar.

Paper 2: Writing. This is a 2 hour examination and is worth 20% of the A-Level. Either one text and one film or two texts are assessed from the list set in the specification.

Paper 3: Speaking. Oral examination. This lasts for 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) and is worth 30% of the total A-Level.

The A-Level syllabus broadens its scope to include many other different topics which feature in the news such as Positive Features of a Diverse Society, The ‘cyber-society’ and Politics. Students are tested on their active skills in Speaking and Writing. They must prepare a debate, talk about wider issues, write language essays, do translations into French and also study a research-based topic.

IB Diploma
This can be studied at Standard or at Higher Level.  French IB is a subject that requires independent study skills and an aptitude for and an interest in languages.

IB French A Literature
This course is for mother-tongue speakers of French who wish to study several works of French literature as well as other works translated into French. HL students study 13 texts over 2 years and SL students study 10. Pupils are examined in their ability to analyse, judge and evaluate literary works in both spoken and written exams.

Please visit the International Baccalaureate website for more details.

IB French B
This course caters for those studying French as a second-language who ideally will have achieved a good grade at GCSE level. Topics studied include Communication and Media, Global issues and Social Relationships. Pupils are tested in their ability to speak, read and write French in an essentially more creative selection of challenging but rewarding tasks.

Please visit the International Baccalaureate website for more details.