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AQA A-Level French: Reviewing The 2023 Exams And Looking Forward To 2024

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This new course for all teachers of AQA A Level French will explore how you can turn the lessons to be learnt from the 2023 series into an opportunity for positive change moving forward. This interactive course will support and challenge teachers in equal measures. You will leave with a through overview of the main lessons to be learnt from the 2023 examinations and a wide range of ideas, methods and approaches to prepare students to maximise their potential in 2024. Particular emphasis will be made on the demands that were not met as well as they could have been and the implications this has for A Level teaching and learning.


  • Understand the main lessons to be learnt from the 2023 examinations
  • Gain an informed overview of key areas of concern
  • Learn new and innovative ways to deliver areas that target the areas of concern
  • Experience and try out novel pedagogy
  • Produce a strategic approach to maximise student success in 2024


Reviewing The Key Messages And Headlines

10.00 – 10.30am
  • Key messages to be learned from the examinations.
  • Matching messages to actual examination questions and student responses.
  • Discussing the reasons that can be attributed to problematic areas.
  • Reflecting on what may have been delivered more effectively.

Starting To Appreciate What Is Needed For Paper 1

10.30 – 11.30am
  • The main factors that affected examination success in translation. Why paraphrasing is such an issue.
  • Deep-diving the problem questions from Paper 1 in terms of the receptive skills of listening and reading.
  • Reflecting on the problems with the synonym task and which aspects of the task are more problematic.
  • Starting to make a plan of action- what should we do? How should we do it?


Morning break

11.30 – 11.50am

A Focus On Paper 2

11.50 – 12.30pm
  • How students answered compared to what the exam board want
  • Strategies to meet the demands of content and accuracy.
  • Managing difficult titles and knowing the difference between the film and literature questions.
  • Analytical clinic. How can students evaluate accurately?



12.30 – 1.30pm

Speaking Test Headaches

1.30 – 2.15pm
  • Dealing with the cards. AO4- selecting information to support arguments.
  • The Individual research project- what makes a good title?
  • Making best use of the Candidate Record form.
  • maximising marks in AO1 and AO3.


Afternoon Break

2.15 – 2.30pm

Moving forward and Maximising Success in 2024

2.30 – 3.30pm
  • Producing a plan of action to maximise student success in 2024.
  • Specific lessons to be learnt and how to prevent them from happening again.
  • Ensuring whole department success- managing staff and developing a progressive teaching culture that organically learns and improves.


London | Tuesday 17 October 2023

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London | Tuesday 17 October 2023

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Stuart Glover is a renowned expert in GCSE and A Level French, he has been head of department and taught till 2020. He has been chief examiner for igcse French, Principal moderator for GCSE French at AQA for 12 years, reviser, presenter, principal examiner for GCSE writing and lead examiner for Gcse French. He has also examined at A Level for many years for the same awarding body. Stuart has written The Pearson Revise books and practice papers for AQA and Edexcel GCSE (new and old spec) as well as the OUP French text book for the new GCSE for AQA and have written the assessment materials for Studio French GCSE for Edexcel and AQA editions of the textbook as well as materials for online testing.


  • Teachers of AQA A Level French
  • Heads of Department
  • Head of Humanities
  • Prospective or new teachers of AQA A Level French


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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