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French A level at City and Islington College

Course description

Language study is about creativity, logic and communication. Employers and universities consider having a second language to be highly desirable. This two-year course will not only develop language skills you learned at GCSE level (or overseas equivalent), it will extend your knowledge of French and Francophone culture as a whole.

Course content

In the first year you will study a range of topics, including youth culture, health, environmental issues, education and employment. You will take a speaking exam and an exam in listening, reading and writing skills. In the second year you will develop your knowledge of language and culture by studying international events, ethical issues, literature and the arts. Assessment will include an oral exam plus essay writing and translation.

Entry requirements

You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.

In addition, you must have at least grade B in GCSE French. Individual cases will be considered if you have a bilingual background.

International students:

Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.


Assessment is by a mixture of oral and aural exams, and writing and translation tests. This is spread across the two years of the course. Successful completion of the first year gains you AS Level French. Successful completion of the second gains you an A Level in French.

Future opportunities

Taken as one of three A Levels, French can help get you on a Language or Literature course at university or other Higher Education course. Depending on your facility with the language, you may be able to go straight into work as a Translator or Bilingual Copywriter.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City and Islington College directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2016
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    • We are a specialist A Level Sixth Form College in the heart of Angel, Islington, with over 25 years of proven success and an outstanding record of achievement. Last year our overall A Level pass rate was 99%, 70% of students achieved grades from A*-C and 31 A Level subjects boasted a 100% pass rate.

      What we offer

      We specialise in preparing you for higher education and have an extensive range of subjects on offer, many of which are not offered elsewhere in London. Our teachers are A Level specialists, many are examiners and some have PHDs. The College offers superb facilities specially designed for A Level teaching.