The A level French course builds on the four key skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. These skills are developed through a broad area of study, divided into four key themes, focusing on the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. Students study social and technological change alongside aspects of French – speaking artistic culture. The influence of the past on present day

French – speaking countries is also explored. Current social and political issues are examined in the second year of the course. Students undertake an individual research project in the second year, to be discussed in the oral exam and will also study a film and a text. The aim of the course is to develop the students’ technical French and to help them develop into confident communicators who have a sound understanding of French culture.


There will be the opportunity to take part in an immersion trip to France through the medium of work experience.


French A level is highly regarded by universities and can lead to a wide variety of Degree courses and career opportunities. French can be combined with a variety of subjects such as History, Law, Business Studies and Marketing. Studying French at A Level can also be combined with another language, such as Russian and Italian. Traditional careers such as teaching, translating and interpreting and civil service are often pursued, but language graduates are highly valued and sought after by employers in the business and commercial world enhancing your skills of essay writing and extended reports.


The course is linear and assessment is by three terminal examinations.

Paper 1: (2 1/2 hours)
Listening, reading, writing.
Grammar – translation

Paper 2: (2 hours)
Written responses in French to questions on the film and the text.

Paper 3: (21-23 minutes)
Speaking. Discussion of a sub-theme and individual research project.


For admission to A level French, our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above.
  • Students will need to have achieved a grade 6 or above in French.