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A-level French will allow you to broaden your mind and knowledge of French culture, whilst perfecting your grammar. It will allow you to acquire different ways of thinking. You will discover new skills, such as translation, and will develop your speaking, reading and listening ability. You will develop an analytical mind through various discussions.

The A-level is a two-year linear course with all assessments at the end of Year 2.


Course content

Year 1 content

  • one theme from social issues and trends
  • one theme from political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture
  • one book or film
  • grammar

Year 2 content

  • a further theme from social issues and trends
  • a further theme from political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture
  • one book (or if book studied in Year 1, one film or a second book)
  • grammar
  • individual research project

The A-level includes an element of translation both ways. 

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The course is taught by well-qualified and experienced staff. Students often work in pairs or small groups as well as being encouraged to show initiative in their private study. Good progress is made by use of French in the classroom. Attendance and achievement are monitored regularly. Targets are set regularly throughout the course.

Method of Assessment

The four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking - are assessed by examination.



There are opportunities throughout the year to go on trips to the cinema, theatre, universities and conferences. Some students choose to go on a work experience placement, intensive course or exchange to France. Students also have the opportunity to mentor Secondary School pupils during their course and involve themselves in various learning activities, whilst passing on their love of the French language.

Key Skills

Students have numerous opportunities to develop their communication skills through written and verbal expression of their own ideas in whole class, small group and one-to-one situations. Use of information technology and independent study are integral to the course.


Digital text books, DVDs and a wide variety of authentic material as well as television and radio broadcasts and internet resources support the course. The College’s Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access podcasts, videos, homework, class work and a wide range of resources prepared and selected by their teachers.  

Students are expected to purchase a revision book, to be used in class and at home.


Many students of this College have gone on to study French at degree level or combined with a wide range of other subjects. 

A foreign language qualification is also considered a most valuable asset by employers in a range of occupations within the fields of engineering, medicine, diplomacy, the sciences and many others.


Where can this course lead?

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