A Level

Exam Board: AQA

2 years


Course Content:

If you choose to study French A-Level, focus is on French speaking society – not just France but French speaking Canada (Quebec), Belgium, and French-speaking African countries such as Senegal and Mali.  We listen to music from these countries and study the song lyrics.  We learn about the architecture and make judgements on old and modern styles in the French speaking world. What is the food like and how can we make use of our grammar to understand a recipe?

In the second year we get our teeth into current affairs with topics such as immigration and multiculturalism in French speaking countries. How does politics motivate young people in France, Quebec, Belgium, Senegal or Mali? You study a film in the first year and a novel in the second year. You will research a topic of your choice related to the French speaking world. You will be given total freedom to research with guidance from your teacher. You will have weekly one-to-one French conversation lessons which you prepare in advance in order to gain fluency and confidence.


100% exam
Exam papers in Listening, reading and writing; Writing; Oral

Studying at Alton College:

You are trained to listen to longer passages. You study the grammar so that you are able to form complex sentences and write essays, translate and summarise.  You work in pairs and groups and work at your own pace using audio, video, text and internet based resources in the multimedia language laboratory and via the College’s Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment).

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

You should have achieved at least grade 6 in French at GCSE.

Course costs:

Textbook: £30
Access to digital resources: £20 approx.
Possible overseas visit: £500 approx.

French works well with:

Modern Languages