Exam Board - Edexcel


What is French A level and why study it?

Studying French at A level will help students develop confident, effective communication skills in French and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. The course enables students to situate their study of the French language within a broader context and builds upon students’ interest and enthusiasm for language learning.


As with French GCSE, the A level assesses four main skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. However, it also allows for a much deeper study of the culture and traditions of French speaking countries.


Students will study set literature at A level (choice of text or film at AS) which will be assessed through a target language essay. We are currently studying Un sac de Billes by Joffo and La Haine, directed by Kassovitz.


The course includes a number of compulsory themes which focus on social issues and trends as well as the political, intellectual and artistic culture within the French-speaking world.


Translation skills into and out of French will be further developed from GCSE level and students will complete an ‘Independent Research Project’ in preparation for the speaking exam, allowing students freedom to explore a topic of their choice in detail.


As of 2016, A level French is fully linear, with students sitting their exams at the end of the two-year course giving students more time to develop their skills as linguists and build confidence across all areas of the course.


Where next?

French is spoken in countries all over the globe – the study of languages offers huge geographical, cultural and historical scope alongside the development of linguistic expertise


There is a high demand for linguists in the workplace; the linguistic, analytical and interpersonal skills developed through the study of French at degree level are widely prized by a range of employers.


French graduates go on to explore a wide range of employment opportunities within a number of sectors including: translation, interpreting, teaching (both in the UK and abroad), media, politics, journalism, law, accountancy, business, travel and tourism and finance.


What are the entrance requirements?

Grade 6 in GCSE French.


Who do I need to see for more information?

Ms S Jarada, Head of MFL