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French A level

Studying languages at A level allows students to really explore a country’s culture and language. There are good opportunities to study film, literature, politics, art , history, geography and science and this allows students to further explore themes of interest from their other A level subjects and be able to write about them in another language.

The highlight for most students in studying a language, is the chance to travel abroad and visit the country of the language they are studying and the opportunity to put their language skills into practice.

This experience of travel abroad and living with a family, or going to school in another country gives our students life-long skills and helps them to develop communication skills, which are of obvious benefit when applying for university places or jobs.

To say you have been to Paris with a French family and seen the Eiffel Tower at lit up at night, or been to St. Petersburg and visited the Hermitage, are things our language students can recount for years to come. 

Curriculum outline

Year 12 topics

  • La famille en voie de changement
  • Qui sont les cybernautes
  • Le rôle de bénévolat
  • Une culture fière de son patrimoine
  • La musique francophone contemporaine
  • Cinéma: le septième art
  • Exam preparation for speaking and written papers
  • Start second literary text or film after exams in preparation for A level
  • Intensive grammar catch up
  • Film/literature work

Year 13 topics

  • Les aspects positifs d’une société diverse
  • Quelle vie pour les marginalisés
  • Comment on traite les criminels
  • Les ados, le droit de vote et l’engagement politique
  • Manifestations, grèves – à qui le pouvoir?
  • La politique et l’immigration
  • Film/literature work
  • Intensive grammar for A level
  • Revisiting topics from AS
  • Individual research project
  • Exam preparation for speaking and written papers

Entry requirements

B grade or grade 6 at GCSE

Potential career paths and further study

We are proud of the destinations of our A level students. Over the last five years, our A level students have gone on to study languages and other subjects at Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Durham and Heriot - Watt Universities.

Languages can be combined with any other A level and can lead to varying careers, including not just the obvious choices of translating, interpreting and teaching, but is beneficial in enabling students to access places on courses such as law, medicine and business.

Research carried out by Routes into languages suggests that learning a language can boost an average worker’s earnings by up to 20%. For a person earning the average national salary, that would mean an extra £200,000 over a working life.

Pupil premium

The AS and A level courses will help pupils to:

  • enhance their linguistic skills and promote and develop their capacity for critical thinking on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society of the country or countries where the language is spoken
  • develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills, including an extended range of vocabulary, for both practical and intellectual purposes as increasingly confident, accurate and independent users of the language
  • develop their ability to interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in writing, including through online media
  • develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to sustain communication and build fluency and confidence
  • engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the original language, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context
  • develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of the country or countries where the language is spoken
  • mediate between cultures and between speakers of the language and speakers of English
  • foster their ability to learn other languages
  • equip themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or to employment.