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A Level French

Develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in French while broadening your knowledge of France and other French speaking countries.


You will build on your existing knowledge of French and delve into a variety of topics which really give you an inroad into French-speaking culture, history, and life. You will learn vocabulary based on these topic areas as well as grammar rules, which will enable you to make sense of and use the language accurately. You will use a wide range of materials and have access to additional books, films, TV programmes and digital resources through the college intranet and learning resource centres.

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Start date: 08/09/2022

Course code
Level 3
Penwith College
2 years
A Level


Subject specialist lecturers

Excellent resources

Native-speaking language assistants

Small class sizes

Trips and visits

weekly conversation classes

To help you improve your confidence in speaking you will have a weekly conversation class with a native speaker.

excellent resources

An excellent range of independent study resources are available on the French Moodle site.

Trips and visits

Students have taken part in the Mini-Assistant Scheme, which involved a ten-day stay in Brittany with a five-day work experience placement in a primary school.


You will develop all four language skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing through a wide range of materials, both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to the topics, you will study a film and a novel, both of which tie in usefully with other themes across the two years. All of this information from the classroom will be reinforced in homework and also during individual weekly conversation sessions with our French language assistant, which really embeds what you have learned and improves your confidence in speaking.

In the second year, you will have the opportunity to choose a subject related to the French-speaking world which interests you personally to study and develop as part of the final exam.

Year 1
• Families and citizenship
• Youth trends and personal identity
• Education and employment opportunities
• Regional culture and heritage in France and French-speaking countries and communities
• Media, art, film and music in the French–speaking world
• A French film

Year 2
• Diversity and Difference
• Migration
• Integration / marginalisation
• Occupied France during World War II
• A French novel


Progression: At university French can be studied with almost any other subject such as Business, Law, History, Politics, Geography, and the sciences.

Careers: Many linguists go into broadcast journalism, politics, teaching, translation & interpreting or the Civil Service.


Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort including at least 4 hours of independent study time per week. You will learn in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, and your progress will be monitored and assessed regularly by your lecturer.

You will have regular tests on vocabulary and grammar, as these form the basis for all your studies on this course. A variety of weekly homework tasks will be set and assessed in line with exam mark schemes. These will include written work, reading and listening tasks, oral presentations and preparation for discussions.

You will review your own performance in termly 1:1 sessions with your lecturer. You will undertake mock examinations in advance of your final exams. You will be assessed at the end of each year. There will be a written exam and a speaking exam. The exams at the end of the first year will be internal and your final exams at the end of the second year will test your knowledge of all topics covered during the two years.


First and foremost, an interest in French language, grammar, and culture. Also, five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including a minimum of grade 6 in French and grade 6 or above in English Language or English Literature. Successful A Level students would normally have achieved high grades in a number of relevant GCSE subjects.


We encourage all students to expose themselves to the French language and culture as much as possible (e.g. music, TV, holidays, books, films). We provide various materials for this in our Learning Resource Centre (novels, grammar books, magazines, DVDs, study guides) as well as within the college I.T. system (class resources on Moodle, past exam papers, extra work, TV documentaries on streaming service etc.)

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