A Level French

Sandbach College

Why study this course?

A Level French is ideal for students who are curious about language but also current events, culture, politics, history, film or literature. The course not only develops your linguistic knowledge, but also your communication skills, problem-solving skills, and ability to think critically. It will stimulate you intellectually, and teach you about the culture, societal trends and politics that characterise the French-speaking world. 

We live in a multilingual, global world. It is a common myth that “everyone speaks English”. In fact, 94% of the world does not speak English as their first language and 75% of the world does not speak English at all. Universities and employers alike therefore value languages. Studying a language at A level will, of course, help you develop your language skills, but will also allow you to appreciate the nature and diversity of different cultures and people, to gain a deeper understanding of global issues and to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and employment.

What will I learn on this course?

A level French offers learners a rich and comprehensive insight into the social, political, intellectual and artistic culture of the countries and communities where French is spoken.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to use authentic materials. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the Francophone world through speaking, listening to, reading and writing French.

The course enables you to build upon the knowledge, understanding and cultural appreciation you developed at GCSE by using authentic spoken and written sources.

Year 12

  • Social issues and trends in French society
  • Political, intellectual and artistic culture
  • You will also study a French film in depth

Year 13

  • Current issues in French society
  • Aspects of political life
  • You will also study a literary text in depth
  • You will complete an individual research project

Examinations & Coursework

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (50% of A Level)

Paper 2: Writing on the film and written text (30% of A Level)

Paper 3: Speaking including Individual Research Project (20% of A Level)

Potential career paths

Social Media Coordinator, International Aid Worker, Translator for The Premier League, Intelligence Officer for MI5/GCHQ, Fashion Buyer, Sky Sports Presenter, Journalist…

Languages can lead directly into careers in translation, interpreting, and education. Beyond that, languages are a highly valued skill by employers in other fields, including business, diplomacy, law, communications, healthcare, journalism, publishing, and hospitality, to name a few.

Modern Languages degrees at university typically involve spending a year abroad, which can enable students to find work experience and make contacts abroad in a variety of industries.

Enrichment opportunities

Language students have the opportunity to take part in trips including exchanges, work experience abroad, and university study days in the UK. 

Students can gain volunteering experience with younger students, assisting in lessons or lower-school clubs.