French AS/A Level


Studying French at AS and A Level will develop students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. They will gain confidence in communicating in the target language, and learn more about France and other French speaking countries.

Students have the opportunity to practice their language skills in the College's well-resourced language laboratories, with access to the latest multimedia technology.

In addition, language students benefit from the support of dedicated Foreign Language Assistants who are great at encouraging students to try out their speaking skills - for example using interactive games and quizes.

All French students have the opportunity to take part in a study trip to France, where they will further improve their speaking skills and understanding of French culture.

What goes well with this course?

Languages combine well with any subject. As well as offering pure language degrees, virtually all universities offer the chance to continue studying a language alongside another subject as part of a joint degree, or as a subsidiary.


In the workplace language skills are highly valued, with employers paying higher salaries to those with a language qualification.

In Higher Education a single or joint honours degree in one or more languages, or in another subject plus a language, leads to greater employability – and the opportunity to perhaps work abroad.


Course Content

The course covers a wide variety of current issues over the two years. As well as revising and extending some of the topics studied at GCSE, students will learn about social and cultural themes within the Francophone society, including social values, equality and multiculturalism, regional identity and the influence of heritage, as well as studying aspects of politics and history.  In addition, students will study in depth both a film and a work of literature.  Grammar and language skills are integrated into the topic areas.



Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

French AS/A Level students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • A week’s study visit to Normandy, where students enjoyed visits to Mont St. Michel and the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, a day trip to a local market and a very successful visit to the Lycee where the students met and exchanged contact details with their French counterparts
  • A Reigate Twinning Association weekend visit to Brunoy
  • A trip to Paris in the spring.

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Guest Speaker Programme and Activities Programme.


The exam is taken in May/June and consists of 3 papers, all externally assessed.

At AS, a speaking examination lasting approximately 15 minutes, a listening, reading and writing paper (1 hour 45 minutes), and a writing paper including essay and translation (1 hour 30 minutes).

At A2 a speaking examination lasting approximately 18 minutes, a listening, reading and writing paper (2 hours 30 minutes), and a writing paper including essay and translation (2 hours).

The exam board for this A Level is AQA.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

 In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:  

  • Grade B in French and Grade 4 in English Language

This course is of interest to students who:

  • enjoy communicating with others through speaking and writing
  • have an enquiring mind and an interest in the culture of the French speaking world
  • are thinking of travelling, taking a gap year or working abroad

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2017

The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the AS/A Level in French information leaflet.

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