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Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus Welsh Bridge Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code FRE-AL (2123)

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language. You should have grade 5 or above in French or proven linguistic ability.

  • What does the course involve?

    The ability to communicate in a foreign language is a very valuable asset in an increasingly globalised world. Studying French at A Level will give you the opportunity to pursue your studies to a higher level at university or to use the skills you acquire to enhance your CV and employment prospects in a wide range of careers. A language can be combined with almost any other subject at university and language graduates are sought after within many areas of employment. You will improve all the language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through a variety of classroom-based and independent learning activities whilst acquiring a thorough understanding of the grammar of the language.

    Themes will include topics of social, cultural, political or artistic importance to the country. The course will also include the study of a film and a work of literature. As part of the speaking assessment you will undertake an independent research project (where you will study an area of personal interest) related to the country or countries where the language is spoken. During the course you will have the opportunity to practice your language skills with a native speaking assistant.

  • How is the course assessed?

    A final exam will include listening and reading comprehension, translation into English and into French and essays on literature and film. There will be a separate speaking test.

  • Additional Notes

    The majority of language students go to university and some choose to study a language to degree level, often in combination with other subjects such as Law, History or Business, and some use their language skills to work abroad. A small percentage progress directly into employment. One of last year’s students, who had studied two languages at A Level, found a job immediately after leaving College in a local company dealing with international recruitment.

  • Further Information

    Opportunities for students include an exchange trip to the Champagne region of France.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Brad Jones

Brad Jones

A Level French and German (History and Politics)
Previous Institution: William Brookes

The College offered me the freedom I wanted as I couldn’t study German at my previous school’s sixth form. I want to study French and German at university and go into diplomatic service after that, so languages are very important for me. I enjoy the depth we go into in each language and because the classes are smaller you can dive into more issues with your teachers and peers.

Sophie Hodge

Sophie Hodge

A Level German (French and Politics)
Previous school: Overseas School

Modern foreign language A Levels are in high-demand and something you can use in everyday life – it is an amazing skill to have and not many other colleges offer German A Level. Having a language on your CV can open doors for you. The oral presentations and debates in class build your confidence. I really like the size of the classes and we have all the resources we could need. I plan to study French and German at university.

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