The French speaking world is vast. French is spoken by more than 300 million people as their first or second language; it is a native language in more than 24 countries across 5 continents, which makes it an incredibly diverse and interesting language to learn.

Additionally it is a working language and an official language of the UN, the EU, UNESCO, NATO, the International Red Cross, various international courts and well-known organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières, Interpol, the European Spatial Agency, the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique and the International Olympic Committee. It is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are headquartered in Luxembourg, France and Belgium.

Culturally it is also impressive- from literature and philosophy to music, art, architecture and history, as well as sports, cinema, fashion, and the art of cooking.

We give you the building blocks you need not just to memorize vocabulary and phrases but to flourish in speaking French spontaneously by the end of Year 12. Then in Year 13 we foster a range of more complex linguistic skills, including critical thinking, creativity and research skills. Authentic spoken and written sources in French will be used throughout the course. We will provide students with the support and basis they need to continue studying French at degree level.

Having studied French at A Level will also be an asset for students who want to specialise in other disciplines and choose other types of higher education courses for instance French and Law, or Mechanical Engineering with French.

We run cultural visits and short Work Experience in France can be arranged for students who are interested.


The course and its structure

In Year 12 students will be working towards the new AS examination (7651). The core subject content at AS is “Social issues and trends” and “Artistic culture”. Besides students will study a French film, (Au revoir les enfants by Louis Malle). Grammar study is an integral part of the AS course and builds on the grammar knowledge acquired in Year 11.

Y12 Students will sit 3 papers:

In Year 13 students will be preparing the new A Level examination (7652). The core subject content at A Level is “Social issues and trends” and “Political and artistic culture”. Students will also study two books or one book and one film from a list set by the AQA. Finally they will complete an Individual Research Project on a subject or key question which is of interest to them. Grammar study is an integral part of the A Level course and builds on the grammar knowledge acquired in Year 12.

Y13 Students will sit 3 papers:

Entry Requirements

We would normally expect students to have a B in the GCSE French examinations in addition to meeting the general academic entry criteria for the Academy. In certain cases this can be reviewed.


Where will French take me?

Speaking to someone in their own language, merely while on holiday, is an amazing benefit of having succeeded at A-Level language.

That aside, job prospects for linguists are significantly greater in industry and the professions where foreign markets and clients are served. Further, command of a second language is particularly beneficial for international work (e.g. with the UN), or work relating to translation, interpretation and review.

French at A-Level is, almost always, a pre-requisite for studying it at degree level.