A-level French

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Fine-tune your French and equip yourself with skills valued by universities and employers alike. The ability to communicate in another language is becoming increasingly important in a global economy. You will develop your French language skills by looking at French-speaking countries and exploring aspects of their civilisation, culture and current affairs.

Course type


Course length

A-level: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at  GCSE including French, and  English Language (grade 9-5).

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • expressing yourself effectively in conversations, discussions and debates
  • understanding spoken language (one-to-one, audio or video recorded)
  • understanding a variety of written texts (press articles, letters, poetry and reports)
  • understanding grammar and how the language works
  • aspects of civilisation and culture of French speaking countries

On the course you will:

  • participate in discussions and debates
  • write letters, reports, articles, essays and poetry in French
  • work with interactive material and visual and sound files
  • take part in projects with French students and visit France
  • work at your own pace using our digital language lab
  • visit the French Institute, cinema, theatre and exhibitions in London

Method of assessment

You will be assessed through listening, written and spoken examinations.

What will I be able to progress to?

French can be studied at university on its own, or as part of a combined degree with almost any other subject.

It works particularly well with areas such as Business, Finance, Media, Tourism, Design and Fashion, Engineering and Law. French is a valuable asset for many different careers. On their own, languages can be used to pursue careers in Interpreting, translating and teaching.

Other information

Language students are advised to buy a suitable dictionary. Trips will require a small contribution.