A-Level French

Why French?

Speaking another language helps you to get to know other people and other cultures. More than 200 million people speak French across five continents. Learning another language opens your mind to new ideas and new ways of looking at the world. An ability to speak French is a huge advantage in the international job market, not only in France, but also in countries such as Canada, Switzerland, Belgium and parts of Africa. France is the world’s fifth largest economy and the number three destination for foreign investment.

What can I expect?  

The A-Level French course builds, and rapidly expands, upon the knowledge and skills gained at GCSE. Your communication skills will flourish, as will your knowledge of grammar. During the course you will study different aspects of French and Francophone society, as well as studying a book and a film. You will also complete an independent research project on the topic of your choice. Students will work more independently than at GCSE, but will be well-supported throughout the course.

What do I need? 

GCSE French Grade 5 is essential.


What about the future?

There is a wealth of opportunities for students with French at A-Level and beyond. Language skills are highly prized in business and even small business can require staff who can communicate on the European platform. Finance, Marketing, Sales, Customer Services, Engineering and IT businesses all regularly require Modern Foreign Language speakers in high profile roles, as well as the more obvious opportunities in the industries of Travel and Tourism, Translation, Interpreting and Teaching.

“If you talk to man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”

Nelson Mandela