GCE A Level French

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Part Time


The course builds on skills successfully developed skills in GCSE French as well as English Literature.  The course builds upon a variety of familiar and enjoyable topics such as Media, Popular Culture, Family and Relationships as well as some unfamiliar to GCSE students, such as Poverty, The Environment, Racism and other global issues. In the second year, we will study a period in French history and even study a classic French book. If you have a love of language and want to discuss important social issues, challenge stereotypes and critique cultural norms, then this is the course for you.


The full A Level will be completed over two years, with the AS year counting as 50% of your total weighted grade.

A Level French is a prestigious qualification that opens doors to top university choices.  

This course consists of three themes which build upon and develop skills from GCSE:

  • Aspects of French-speaking society
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Film and literature study (AS film; A2 book)

These modern topics pose important questions about everyday life, whilst equipping students with the necessary skills and language to communicate and debate proficiently in French. This course develops independent learning skills which are vital for future study at University


Year 1

  • Listening, Reading and Writing Exam (2 hours) 70% of grade
  • Speaking Exam (35 minutes, including 20 minutes preparation time) 30% of grade

Year 2

  • Listening, Reading and Writing Exam (2½ hours) 35% of grade
  • Speaking Exam (35 minutes, including 20 minutes preparation time) 15% of grade

Please note that your AS year counts as 50% of your final grade

How will it be delivered?

Exam Board: AQA              
Structure of Course: 100% exam.

Listening, Reading and Writing Exam (45% AS; 50% A2)

Writing Exam (25% AS; 20% A2)

Speaking Exam (30% AS; 30% A2)

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9, including a minimum grade 6 in GCSE French. It is also important that you have excellent written communication skills.

Your next steps...

A Level French builds a solid foundations for a degree in Languages, International Politics or International Business. In rapidly globalising world, languages are more important than ever before and having a qualification in languages certainly sets you apart from the crowd. People who speak a second language earn on average 12% more from their job than those who don’t. The transferrable skills from learning a language prove your ability to solve problems, interact socially and work as a team.

Even if you don’t chose to major in French at university, this qualification enables students to learn a language alongside a degree. If your chosen course and university allows it, you could learn French, Spanish, Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Portuguese, Arabic or any other language the university offers as a free-elective alongside your degree. This significantly increases the likelihood of completing a year in industry or placement year at university abroad.

With this qualification, students could choose to study French, most other Latin based languages, Politics or a B.Ed. for teaching in the primary or secondary phases.  The option to study a language part-time at university as a ‘free-elective’ is also very popular, to maintain skills and for the chance to study abroad.  These degrees may lead to careers in teaching, translation, politics, interpreting or a career that isn’t language based in a francophone country.