Sixth Form

French A Level

Studying a Modern Foreign Language at A Level can open up a wealth of new opportunities and experiences. French A Level builds on the core skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking gained through GCSE. During this course, you will develop a deeper understanding of French in a variety of contexts and genres, and learn to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in French for a range of purposes.

Our lessons are largely taught in French and our small class sizes mean that you will quickly develop your oral fluency and confidence, with individual guidance given in every lesson and plenty of opportunities for pair work, group discussions and lively debates.

As part of the course, you will study a wide range of topics including social issues and trends; political, intellectual and artistic culture; immigration and multicultural societies; and the Arts, literature and history – such as the work of author Albert Camus and the occupation of France during the Second World War.

As well as textbooks, we use newspaper articles, magazines, books, online resources and study trips which provide you with plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the language.

At the end of this two-year course, you will be assessed through three exams: two written assessments and an internally conducted and externally assessed speaking paper.

Examination board: Edexcel

Where could this course take you?

Our students have gone on to study French at a number of Russell Group universities including the University of Cardiff and Kings College, London. The skills and qualifications that are gained from studying a language at A Level are incredibly important tools and French can be combined with and complement many courses at university. With the globalisation of the world economy, many businesses are keen to employ students who can speak a second language to a high level.