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Exam Board: AQA


A-level French/German helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in their chosen language and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where the target language is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context. 

This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken French/German in a variety of contexts and genres.

This course is suitable for students who have studied GCSE French/German and who wish to study a modern foreign language at a higher level.

Why choose French/German?

• To enable you to develop and build on the skills acquired at GCSE.

• To enhance employment prospects.

• To facilitate foreign travel.

• To provide an insight into another culture and society.

• To provide you with a sound basis for further study.

Course Content

AS Award:

Unit 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing

70% of AS, 35% of A Level comprising of a 2 hour written examination

Unit 2 - Speaking Test

30% of AS, 15% of A Level comprising of a 35 minutes speaking test (including 20 minutes preparation)

A2 Award:

Unit 3 - Listening, Reading and Writing

35% of A Level comprising of a 2 hours 30 minutes written examination

Unit 4 - Speaking Test

15% of A Level comprising of a  35 minutes speaking test (including 20 minutes preparation)

AS + A2 = A Level

AS Topics- Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living/Lifestyle and Family Relationships

 A2 Topics – Environment, The Multicultural Society, Contemporary Social Issues and a Cultural Topic (Art, History, Literature, Film, Geography)

Complementary Subjects to study at AS

English, History, Law. The list goes on! Previous students have studied a wide variety of other subjects. MFL is a sound academic subject and provides a good basis for going on to university to study a whole range of disciplines.

Entry Requirements

5 x A* - C including Maths and English at GCSE.

You must also have a minimum of a Grade B in the language you wish to study.

Career Pathways

By studying French/German at AS you are opening a diverse range of career and further education opportunities these include:

Careers in Business – a language A level makes you more attractive to future employers



Working abroad

Working for airlines


Further Information

If you have any further questions about studying French/German at A Level please speak to your teacher or:

Mrs Lines – Room 304

Miss Foxall – Room 201

Alternatively send us an e-mail:


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