A Level French helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in French and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French 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.

Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 5 or above in both English Language and Mathematics and Grade 5 (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications. French GCSE at Grade 5 or above is also required, this must be from the higher tier exam. Other related GCSE/Level 2 subjects may be considered. Guidance on acceptable related subjects can be provided by the Sixth Form Leadership Team.

Course Overview

On This Course You Will Study

The course covers a broad range of interesting topics, which are relevant to the world that we live in and will require you to think about topical issues on a more international level. You will study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits that this brings to the modern world. You will also have the opportunity to explore highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the French-speaking world.

Throughout the course, you will develop new language and grammar in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. You will study important Francophone cinema or literature and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of Francophone culture that you are interested in.

The course is assessed through three final exams at the end of the course:
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing 50% of A Level (2.5 hours)
Paper 2: Writing 20% of A Level (2 hours)
Paper 3: Speaking 30% of A Level (21-25 minutes)

What careers would this be suitable for?

  • Translating;
  • Interpreting;
  • The Diplomatic Services;
  • Business;
  • Tourism;
  • Teaching;
  • Marketing;
  • Journalism;
  • Media;
  • Sport;
  • Fashion;
  • Engineering;
  • Aid and Development work and many more.

Where can I find out more?

Point of contact:

Hannah Brown

Team Leader of Modern Languages & Raising Achievement Leader - Disadvantaged Students

Contact Hannah Brown who looks after this French course on:

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