A Level French

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title French A Level
Code FR
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


An increasingly global world makes French a useful, relevant, lively and hugely rewarding subject.

French is one of the official languages of the United Nations and the European Union and is spoken in over 50 countries by around 285 million people. Moreover, speaking a foreign language is one of the most sought-after skills for employers.

Debates and discussions in the classroom will give you a broad perspective on a wide range of issues and topics, and you will also gain in-depth knowledge of France and French-speaking countries.

Topics will include social issues and trends, as well as the opportunity to explore cultural themes through film or literature.

French native-speaking Language assistants will lead small conversation classes and help you develop your conversation skills. There will be the opportunity for you to take part in an exchange trip to Montpellier or Paris, and there is also a French Society which is run by students.

“I feel much more confident speaking French, and I’ve found the conversation classes so helpful and fun. I also loved the exchange and now have a really good friend in France!” HANNAH, French student



  •  Aspects of French-speaking society (The changing nature of family, The cyber-society, The place of voluntary work)
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world (A culture proud of its heritage, Contemporary Francophone music, Cinema as the 7th art form)
  • Current issues in French-speaking society (A diverse society, Life for the marginalized, How criminals are treated)
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world (Teenagers and politics, Demonstrations and strikes, Politics and immigration)                                               


  • A film in Year 12 (Les 400 coups, L’auberge espagnole, or La haine)
  • A literary text in Year 13 (Voltaire’s Candide or Camus’ L’Etranger) 

How will it be delivered?

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 in French.

Minimum Entry Admissions Score applies

Your next steps...

All universities consider a modern language A-Level as a facilitating subject. And at Higher Education level you can choose from a variety of courses involving languages, as minor modules or a more significant part of a degree. You can do languages on their own or combine them with another subject such as History, Law or Business. Many university courses, including sciences, offer the chance to study abroad.

Whether you are studying sciences or humanities - a modern language is extremely useful both as a module or substantial part of your degree, and as an extra skill that you can add to your CV. Employers value people with language skills highly.