French A Level

What will I learn?

Listening, Reading, Writing

Social trends of French society: The changing nature of the 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, the 7th art form

Aspects of French political life: Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment, demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?, politics and immigration

Aspects of French society: current issues: Positive features of diverse society, life for marginalised, how criminals are treated


Writing: One text and one movie, or two texts from the list set in the specification.

Speaking: Individual research project: Identify a subject or question related to one of the themes/sub-themes which relates to a country/countries where French is spoken (it can be another work from the writer or the director study). A stimulus on one of the sub-themes.

Entry Requirements

GCSE French at Grade 6 or above and 5 or above in GCSE English.

An average GCSE points score of 4.9.

How long will it take to qualify?

2 years

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Written exam 2½ hours (listening and responding, reading and responding and translations into English and French). A Level weighting: 40%

Paper 2: Written exam 2 hours (questions set and answers to be written in French). A Level weighting: 30%

Paper 3: Speaking oral exam 21-23 mins (discussion of one of the Sub-Themes) 10-11 mins incl 5 mins preparation; Presentation 2 mins; and Discussion of Individual Research Project 9-10 mins) A Level weighting: 30%

Additional Learning Opportunities

You could join the International Society and take part in a wide variety of cultural events.

Who is this course aimed at?

French is attractive to students who:

  • wish to continue with the study of a language previously taken to GCSE level
  • enjoy learning languages, and are keen to exchange ideas in French through the spoken and written word
  • enjoy travelling to France and other French-speaking countries, and finding out about their people and places
  • have an open mind to another culture and outlook on life
  • can see themselves working in a French or other mainland European environment
  • are interested in wider European issues
  • want to broaden their studies and add a qualification which can give the advantage over others in the job market

What next?

Speaking a foreign language is a valuable skill in many professions and students go on to careers within business and management, travel and tourism, media, banking, teaching and interpreting.



  • A Level


  • French

Course Length

  • 2 Years


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider