A Level

3rd Sep `22

2 Years


Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Attleborough Academy  Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation.

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Attleborough Academy Norfolk

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Attleborough Academy 

Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation. Excellent relationships between students and staff are at the heart of the ethos of the Academy and are often commented on by those who come in to visit.

The Sixth Form offers a wide range of Advanced Level courses together with additional entitlement activities. We presently have approximately 120 students and this should rise to over 180 over the next couple of years as we are receiving record numbers of applications year on year.

Attleborough Academy was the first Secondary School in East Anglia to be awarded the prestigious Challenge Award for their educational provision for the most able. 

Attleborough students have the chance to develop a wide range of interests:  we run a number of overseas visits each year (including a Ski Trip, and European tours to Italy, Austria, Germany and beyond); in Year 13 students have the opporunity to be elected to the Presidents Team who represent and help to develop the Sixth Form; the Youth STEM Award is being introduced at Gold Level for those who wish to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths; the Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered via our link with the Norfolk D of E group; and much more besides.

Facilities at this Provider:

With significant investment in Facilities having been made over the past few years and additional investment planned, Sixth Formers now enjoy a facility with four separate rooms with upgraded computers and larger screens to enable them to complete private study. With a new Sixth Form building to be developed in the 2020-21 academic year.

A dedicated Progress Mentor is on hand to support students with study and revision skills, as well as offering careers and applications guidance. 

Students are provided with both Office 365 and Google accounts, which enables them to work in the cloud, and install the Office suite of applications at home for free, on up to five computers or laptops.

For students studying Media, Photography, Drama or Product Design, recent investments in new camera equipment give students access to photographic equipment rarely seen on this scale in an education environment. In Computing; the lab gives students an environment to code, test and develop their own solutions to computing problems.

Type of Provider: School with Sixth Form


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Course details

We follow the AQA specification. This course allows in-depth study of a range of topics relating to the culture and society of French speaking countries, as well as developing candidates’ grammatical skills and awareness.

Year 1 Components

a) Current trends in French-speaking society (the changing state of the family, the “cyber-society”, the place of voluntary work)

b) Artistic culture in the French-speaking world (culture & heritage, contemporary francophone music, cinema: the 7th art form)

c) Study of a French literary text or film

Year 2 Components

d) Current issues in French-speaking society (positive features of a diverse society, life for the marginalised, how criminals are treated)

e) Political life in the French-speaking world (the right to vote & political commitment, politics & immigration, who holds power?)

f) Study of another French novel or film

g) Individual research project to form basis of the speaking exam (the research of a subject or key question which is of interest to you and which relates to a French-speaking country).


Listening, reading and writing: 2 hr 30 minute paper

Candidates respond to a variety of spoken and written sources, including authentic sources. They also complete a translation into English and into French.

Writing: 2 hr paper

Candidates answer two critical essay questions based on the novels/films they have studied.

Speaking: 21-23 minute oral exam

This includes the discussion of a stimulus card based on one of units a, b,d or e followed by a presentation and discussion of the candidate’s individual research project.


Attleborough Academy, 9 Norwich Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AJ

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Qualification: A Level
Exam Board: AQA - City & Guilds

A Level French works well in combination with many other subjects including Law, Politics, History and Arts. This A Level provides an excellent basis for a number of university degrees from Modern Languages and European Studies to Hospitality.

The French specification will naturally enhance the communication skills of candidates.  Similarly, opportunities will arise to explore the spiritual, moral, ethical and cultural dimensions of topics studied. The mastery of French provides a competitive advantage on the international job market.

Admission details

Age: 16-19

Entry Requirements for this Course:

GCSE French 6  |  English 5


  • Andy Cole (Head of Sixth Form)
  • Attleborough Academy Norfolk
  • 01953452335