Study option                                   Exam board                         Specification code

A Level two-year course             AQA                                          7651 / 7652

Why choose French?

The ability to communicate in French is extremely useful in today’s global and multilingual workplace, where international business transactions and cultural interchanges with nationals of other countries are continually increasing. Learning a foreign language not only enables you to bridge social barriers but also allows you to see the world from a different perspective.

Where can it lead?

As well as language careers such as translating, interpreting and teaching, a multitude of other careers require the knowledge of languages. Some examples include: secretarial work, travel and tourism, export marketing and sales, finance, law and media. You might also consider teaching English as a foreign language or working for the civil and diplomatic services or international organisations. In addition many universities offer combined degrees, e.g. in business studies, law, computing and a language. Non-degree courses can include language study too.

What and how will I study?

Reading and listening material will relate to the French language culture. The topics for A Level include the following areas:

  • social issues & trends
  • political & artistic culture
  • grammar
  • literary texts & films

The components include speaking, reading, writing and listening.

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed through a mix of oral and written exams.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

You will need a grade A or B at GCSE in the chosen language.