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Why French?

The course begins by gradually building confidence in spoken and written French through the study of a wide variety of aspects of modern French life and culture. Students study internet, written press, radio and TV reports and discuss ideas and contemporary issues while acquiring a broad vocabulary.

All students have weekly intensive language work with the French assistant and are also expected to undertake listening exercises and vocabulary learning at home as well as preparation and consolidation work. There is also the opportunity to spend time in France on a study tour.


What do I need to know?

Exam board: We study AQA French.

Essential Entry Requirements: We ask that you meet the standard Sixth Form requirements, including grade 6 or above in GCSE French.

Key Content: This course content is divided into the Core Content of Social Issues and Trends,  Political and Artistic Culture, Grammar, and Literary Texts and Films.

What is the work like?

As an example of the kind of work that you will cover during the A-Level course, please find to the right the pre-A-Level material that we asked Year 11 to complete before starting their French course with us in September 2020.

French Phase 1French Phase 2French Phase 3

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Mr Doyle will be happy to answer any questions that you might have. You are welcome to email him on

To ask a French student more about the course, please email and they will be happy to help you.



Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing – 50% of the A Level
Paper 2: Writing – 20% of the A Level
Paper 3: Speaking – 30% of the A Level

Extra-Curricular opportunities

Paired speaking practice with the French language assistant.
French cinema – film visit
Study tour to France (Bordeaux region)

Additional Costs

We provide:  In class access to:-

Kerboodle:  Online access to the course text for A Level Year 1 (Yr12) to include online copy of the textbook, all sound files for listening activities and interactive tasks.

Kerboodle:  Online access to the course text for A Level Year 2 (Yr13) to include online copy of the text book, all sound files for listening activities and interactive tasks.

Selected photocopies of key documents.

If you want a hard copy of the textbook these will need to be purchased.

Other costs:  To be met by students

Collins Gem French verb tables £4.54 (New)

Le Silence de la mer (French) Paperback £5.55 (New)

Advanced French Vocabulary 2nd Edition £15.99 (New) – (optional)

Collins Robert French Dictionary Complete and Unabridged: For advanced learners and professionals (Collins Dictionaries) £26.00 (optional but recommended. Free online dictionaries may suffice.)

All of the above may be purchased online second hand at reduced cost.

We normally arrange a language study visit to France of one week’s duration. In the past this has been to Bordeaux in south west France but is subject to a potential change of destination. Approx. cost £650. (Optional but very highly recommended).