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 course, 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?

Edexcel A-Level French is taught within the two-year, five-term and one year A-Level programmes.

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.

The cultural component plays an important part in the specification, so students study “La Haine” and “L’etranger”.

Students have a free choice of theme for their individual research project for their oral exam.

OCR and AQA A-level French are available as two-term or one year retake programmes. 

How is French assessed?

Exam board: Edexcel 

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




What do I need?

French A-Level builds on the knowledge and skills gained in GCSE. You will need to have a minimum grade C in GCSE French (or equivalent) 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 also complements a variety of other subjects, such as History, Business, Economics, or Politics.

What can I do with A-Level French?

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 A-Level in French in one year?

As a retake A-Level, yes. As a new subject A-Level, it is possible to study A-Level French in one year, but you should be aware that will be very challenging and your level of French will be assessed by the College before you are admitting on to a one year, new subject, A-Level French programme.

Do I need GCSE French (or equivalent) to study A-Level French?

If French is not your first language, yes you will need GCSE French (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

French is my first language, do I need to have A-Level French lessons for two-years?

No. The College offers an ‘Exam Entry Plus’ programme that introduces you to the specification requirements and then delivers preparatory lessons in the five weeks preceding the A-level examinations.