French A Level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code TRC26
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The A level course is designed to follow on naturally from GCSE, with equal emphasis placed on each of the four language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing.  During the course you will explore a wide range of exciting aspects that will help you develop not only your level of French to an advanced standard but also your knowledge of the society and culture, past and present, of France and other French speaking countries.


The course will cover:

(i) Social issues and trends in France and other French speaking countries - changes in the family, the ‘cybersociety’, voluntary work and crime.

(ii) Political and artistic culture in France and other French speaking countries - cultural heritage in the Francophone world, music, cinema, politics and immigration.

Additionally, the course also gives you the opportunity to learn more about France through the study of one film (La Haine) and a short novel (Kiffe Kiffe Demain).

Grammar will be an important part of your French studies throughout the whole A level course and you will be able to understand and use the language in a more confident and successful manner as a result.

Study Visits

A study visit or an exchange to France (Paris, Vendée area, Bergerac, or elsewhere) is offered to both first and second students. This is not compulsory, but it is strongly recommended for improving communication skills and giving you the opportunity to experience French culture and life.

How will it be delivered?

Listening, reading, writing, translation and speaking skills will all be assessed through three exam papers.
Paper 1  Listening, Reading and Translation (50% of A level grade)
Paper 2  Writing (20% of the grade)
Paper 3  Speaking (30% of the grade)


Entry requirements

Grade 6 GCSE French.

Applicants with a grade 5 with a proven aptitude in the language will require an interview with a language teacher. 

Your next steps...

French students regularly go into highly competitive areas such as law, business, management, consultancy, accountancy, international press agencies, the media, the Foreign Office, the performing arts and many others.

Some students also pursue careers that make special use of their language skills ? in travel and tourism, teaching, translating/interpreting.