French A-level

If you enjoyed learning a language at GCSE level, then learning French is a useful choice.

It is the official language of France, an official language of the European Union, and it is also spoken in parts of Belgium, Switzerland and Canada as well as many countries in Africa, such as Senegal and Ivory Coast.

Studying French is not only about understanding the grammar and structure of the language, it is also about how people in France live and use the language on a day-to-day basis. You will develop your ability and confidence to use and understand the language and the culture.

What topics/modules are covered?

Year 1: Being a young person in French-speaking society and understanding the French-speaking world:

  • Family
  • Youth trends
  • Educational and employment opportunities
  • Regional culture and heritage in the French speaking world
  • Literature, art, film and music in the French speaking world

Year 2: There is a focus on society in the second year and the key events during 1940-50 that shaped the France of today:

  • Migration and integration
  • Cultural identity, marginalisation and enrichment
  • Discrimination and diversity
  • Life in occupied France
  • Rebuilding and restructuring after the war
  • Repercussions for modern day France

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

Additional entry requirements:

  • GCSE French at grade 6 or above and GCSE English Language at grade 4 or above.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Component 1: Speaking (30%)
  • Component 2: Listening reading and translation (50%)
  • Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing (20%)

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

You can go to university to study degrees in French as a single degree or combined with a vast choice of other subjects: French and another language, French and business or European studies. Even degrees in English can have foreign languages components. Did you know that language graduates are sought after by employers in all industries? Fluency in a language can lead to a career in Teaching, Interpreting, Translating, Journalism, Tourism, Business and Education.

What qualification will I gain?

EDUQAS French A-level (603/0071/1).

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 10:47