Harborne, Birmingham
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The French A Level qualification has been developed to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the French-speaking world. This course features familiar and popular themes as well as content that provides clear links to some of the most fundamental and interesting aspects of the culture of the target language country and communities.

Why choose this?
The aim of the A Level modern language course is to help you to develop an interest in speaking a foreign language, gain awareness of the need to speak foreign languages, appreciate the nature and diversity of different cultures and people and acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and employment.

Employers often require an understanding of other cultures, good oral communication skills and the discipline and work ethic that learning a language entails.  Languages can lead to a wide range of professions, for example: interpreting, translating, working in public and private businesses, law, engineering, politics, computing, travel and tourism, teaching and journalism.  Languages are an invaluable skill to have; they are key to the exciting multinational world we live in!

Areas of study & assessment
Year 12
Theme 1: Social issues and trends: Evolving society in France 
Theme 2: Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture in Francophone countries

Year 13
Theme 3: Social issues and trends: Immigration and the French multicultural society 
Theme 4: Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture:  The Occupation and Resistance  

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation     
Paper 2: Written response to works and translation  
Paper 3: Speaking           
Internally conducted and externally assessed


  • Supporting the department in leading regional language events, such as the Year 7 Role Play Competition at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre
  • Departmental peer mentors

There should be something of interest for every teacher and student.

Whatever path you eventually take, there is no doubt that studying languages will give you the edge.

A Level French student