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Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • GCSE French at grade 6 or fully bilingual in French



Exam board: AQA

94%pass rate/ with A*A 32%

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

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.

10 good reasons to learn French



A-level French Year 1

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

  • la famille en voie de développement
  • la cyber société
  • le rôle du bénévolat

Artistic culture in the French - speaking world

  • Patrimoine
  • la musique francophone
  • le cinéma dossier culturel: (film) La Haine

Assessment Mock Exam Year 1

  • Paper 1: listening, reading, writing paper. (1 hours 45minutes) 
  • Paper 2: writing paper (translation into French  and one film) (2hours) 
  • Paper 3: Speaking (one stimulus card and the individual research project) (21-23 minutes) 

Sample speaking stimulus card

A-level French Year 2

Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

  • Positive aspects of a diverse society
  • The life of marginalised people
  • How do we treat criminals?

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

  • Teenagers and voting, political engagement
  • Strikes, protests
  • Politics and immigration

Individual Research Project Speaking Exam

  • You decide on a topic
  • You choose areas to focus on
  • Make notes
  • Develop the content

Cultural Topic

  • French novel by Delphine de Vigan: No et moi

Exam Year 2

  • Paper 1: listening, reading, writing paper. (2 hours 30minutes) 
  • Paper 2: writing paper (2 essays one on the book and one film) (2hours) 20% of A-level
  • Paper 3: Speaking ( one stimulus card and one individual research project) (21-23 minutes) 30% of A level


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

The Russell Group of Universities advises students to study at least two subjects at A-level from a list of facilitating subjects, one of them being French.

A foreign language qualification is also considered to be a most valuable asset by employers in a range of occupations.

Clara, a recent graduate who is now working in marketing, puts her job success down to her degree choice – French. "My language skills definitely made job hunting easier. Being able to speak French is a skill that I have over other graduates and being able to deal with international clients is a boost to my company."

Employability of Modern Languages graduates

In the job market, the ability to speak another language gives you the edge. The UK trades with over 200 countries worldwide and businesses are continually looking to expand globally- this is only possible if they can communicate internationally. As such, employers are constantly seeking out foreign language speakers. Figures reflect this - consistently showing Modern Languages graduates as having one of the lowest levels of unemployment six months after graduation.

A Modern Languages degree opens up a wealth of options for your future. Whatever career you choose your adept communication skills will be a big advantage.  

Graduates have gone on to successful careers: in the Civil Service, fashion, financial services, library and information management, heritage and culture, travel and tourism, advertising, retail management, sales and marketing, international recruitment, broadcasting, journalism, publishing, science and IT, voluntary organisations and charities. 

  • Jobs I can do with a modern language qualification
  • Modern Languages graduates have high employment prospects with 90% entering work or further study within 6 months of graduation.
  • Multinationals and SMEs all need languages – only 27% of employers have no need for languages (CBI 2011)
  • Employers are not always explicit about their language needs – they see languages as part of a wider skills package
  • Graduates with a language and international experience will have ‘an edge’


Work Experience Abroad for A-level Language Students

This is your chance to join other A-level students from all over the UK, to discover new places, explore the French language and gain confidence and independence. Some of the destinations you could visit on a Work Experience Abroad trip to France include Lille, Metz, Nancy, Rouen, Avignon, Bordeaux, Montpellier and Nîmes.

These cities all boast a youthful, vibrant atmosphere and offer plenty of opportunities to explore the French culture, practise the language and, of course, socialise with your fellow students.

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