Accessibility links

French: A level linear, NO AS qualification at St Richard Reynolds Catholic College

Course description

What is it about?

A level French builds on the linguistic tools acquired at GCSE level. Students explore reading, writing, speaking and listening in French in equal measure, with an emphasis on developing independent communication skills. Students will discuss social and political topics, building confidence in expressing personal views, whilst using nuance to translate contemporary and traditional French literature.

Who does it suit?

A level French should attract students who wish to travel the world widely, work abroad, or have a passion for languages.

Course content

Throughout the course, students will analyse French contemporary literature and journalism, and develop skills needed to converse fluently in French. Aspects of French culture and history are embedded in the A level curriculum, as well as developing an understanding of French speaking cultures from around the world.

To extend learning outside the classroom, students will be expected to take part in discussions with fluent French speakers, including taking part in a possible French exchange programme.

In addition to timetabled lessons, this subject requires 5 hours of private study per week.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSE Grade 5 - 9 including English Language and Mathematics

Subject specific:
GCSE French Grade 6 


Listening, reading, writing:
2.5 hours
50% of A level

Speaking exam:
21 - 23 minutes
30% of A level

Writing from an external source (French text/film):
2 hours
20% of A level

Future opportunities

A level French prepares students for study and/or careers overseas. It is an essential requirement to further pursue a French degree. Here is a list of potential career options available. Remember, a job candidate with at least two languages can expect to earn 20% more than the average job candidate.

Foreign civil service, airline services, advertising, editing and publishing, subtitles and voice-overs, event management, nursing, sommelier, import/export specialist, hotel management, teacher, interpreter, translator.

Further information

Students will take part in a trip to France, and perhaps Canada. This trip would support students also studying Geography/History/Art/Photography.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
Provider logo

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr Richard McPaul
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 8325 4630
    • Email address: