What is French?

French is one of the very few languages spoken all over the world – ranked as the sixth most widely spoken language. A Level French will give you the opportunity not only to develop your linguistic capabilities, but to immerse yourself in French culture. French is also ideal for students who want to enrich their main area of study through a connection with one of the most influential European nations.

During the AS and A Level courses, you will explore social issues and trends, as well as political, intellectual and artistic culture in France. You will also develop research skills, critical thinking and creativity. All our courses in French are taught by experienced teachers who are passionate about their subject and promote full immersion, allowing students to quickly develop their communication skills.

How is it studied?

Throughout their studies, students will learn the language, paying attention to the social issues and artistic life of France. Students will study social change, looking at the multicultural nature of French society, and learning about past political events of France. To succeed in their exams, students will need to be exposed to the language at all times, and to engage in a wide variety of activities aimed at the development of skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

New students in French will follow the new Edexcel A Level curriculum. In the new specification, the cultural component plays an important part, so AS students must study one text or film, and A Level students must study either one text and one film, or two texts.

How is French assessed?

A Level

Paper Modules Weighting Format
1 Listening, reading and writing 50% Written exam: 2.5 hours
2 Writing 20% Written exam: 2 hours
3 Speaking 30% Oral exam: 5 mininute prep, plus 16-18 minute exam



Paper Modules Weighting Format
1 Listening, reading and writing 45% Written exam: 1.5 hours
2 Writing 25% Written exam: 1.5 hours
3 Speaking 30% Oral exam: 15 minutes prep, plus 12-14 minute exam


Exam Board: AQA

What do I need?

French A Level builds on the knowledge and skills gained in GCSE. Ideally, you will have a good grade in GCSE French or previous knowledge of the language. A passion for communication and an openness to other cultures is essential: a logical and systematic way of thinking will help you to approach grammar and vocabulary acquisition. We will endeavour to support every individual student in gaining the necessary skills.

What should I study with French?

French combines well with other languages and with English Language. However, it also compliments a variety of other subjects, such as Business, Economics, Law or Politics. It will also provide an excellent skill for students who are considering careers in management, administration or international relations.

What can I do with French A Level?

Students will find that career prospects are enhanced by the possession of one or more foreign languages. Many degree courses can also be studied jointly with French. But more than that, French, as with any other language, provides a skill that students will take with them beyond A Levels and university. It will provide them with an array of new opportunities, and will develop their ability to engage with and understand other cultures.

Questions about the course

Can I study an A Level in French in one year?

It is possible to study A Level French in one year, but you should be aware that will be very challenging and you will require an advanced level of French. In addition to assessments, you will need to work every day and probably add extra lessons to your tuition, since the new specifications include literature.


Do I need a GCSE in French?

This is not a requirement, but you will need to have at least an Intermediate level of French.