An A Level in French opens the door to a wide range of opportunities. You will develop your communication and comprehension skills, broaden your understanding of other cultures and boost your employment options, both in the UK and across the world.


Course Summary

An A Level in French opens the door to a wide range of opportunities. You will develop your communication and comprehension skills, broaden your understanding of other cultures and boost your employment options, both in the UK and across the world. The A’level French course aims to train you speak and write the language with confidence, whilst encouraging you to explore key issues relevant to France and the French-speaking world. You will also study literature, film and traditions and will learn the core skills of translation and interpretation.

Fact file

  • A Level French – Examination board (AQA)
  • Entry requirement: GCSE (or equivalent) Grade 6 or above
  • Study visits offered to France and other French-speaking countries

Progression Skills and Opportunities

The skills you develop when studying an A Level in a Modern Language are much sought after by employers, with 58% of businesses in the UK stating that staff able to communicate in another language would be of benefit to the enterprise. Language graduates also enjoy enhanced job prospects with 90% of university leavers finding employment within six months of graduating. Languages complement other subjects at A-Level and certainly broaden a student’s skills base. Many undergraduate university courses can be combined with a modern language, such as economics, politics, history or law. Furthermore, many university courses offer placements in Europe.

Former French students have worked in the following fields: airline services; marketing; broadcast journalism; medicine; diplomatic service; intellectual property and patents; editing and publishing; retail buying; ESOL teaching,;sales; import/export advisor,;secondary school teaching; post-16 teaching; university lecturer; international aid/development worker; subtitles and voice-overs; interpreting; tour manager; law; translation services; logistics and distribution manager

Will I need any specialist materials or equipment?

  • Dictionary in the relevant language
  • Grammar book (advice will be given by subject staff)
  • We will advise you on the latest apps and online support

What topics will I be studying?

The French A’level course will develop your skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking and develop translation and essay writing skills.

French – Year 1

Bridging the gap from GCSE to A’level; Social change – how notions of the family are changing; Cyber-society; Young people and voluntary work; Contemporary culture and heritage; French and francophone music; Cinema – the 7th art form; Study of a film – Au revoir les enfants

French – Year 2

Positive attributes of a diverse society; Life for the marginalised; Crime and Punishment and Rehabilitation; Young people, politics and power; The right to protest; Literature – Boule de Suif et autres contes de guerre – Guy de Maupassant;

IRP – Speaking project

End of course examination

Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing – 2 hours 30 minutes – 100 marks

Paper 2 – Writing (Essay) – 2 hours – 80 marks

Paper 3 – Speaking Card and Speaking Project – 21-23 minutes – 60 marks

Hannah Blunden

Within the language courses you learn the history of a country, it’s culture, literature and films as well as the language itself. At QMC I enjoy the wide range of topics within each subject and how passionate the teachers are. – The Abbey School

A-Level French Specifications

The A-level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It
constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of
transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are
valuable to the individual and society. The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to
employment or further study, including a modern languages degree.

If you are interested in languages and communication, and enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life, then Modern Foreign Language (MFL) courses could be an enjoyable part of your studies. Similarly, if you are interested in the business world, in travel or tourism, or in journalism and the media, then you are also likely to find the courses appropriate. There are a number of options in the courses where you can choose a topic to suit your interests. Whether you want to use the language for work, further study, training or leisure, these courses will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge. Many of our students study more than one language and a large number continue languages at university.Every language you learn will open doors to a world of exciting opportunities, allow you to tap into new networks, and enrich your education.

AQA – A Level French Specifications

Any Questions?

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