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French A Level at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

Modern Foreign Languages underpin the culture and politics of our world.  The A Level French course equips students with the lifeskills of communication, understanding and insight: not forgetting the ability to do it all in another language!.  Today's employers regularly point out that language skills are one of the most useful attributes in entering the work place; at the same time, there is a national shortage of people who speak a language other than English.

This course is ideal for students who are interested in exploring other cultures; who enjoy learning about, and expressing their views on a range of subjects; and especially for students who believe that as global citizens we have the right - and the responsibility - to build and share strong relationships across borders and continents.

Course content

This is a two year A level course which covers French political and artistic culture, social issues and trends; and literature or film.  

Students can expect to engage in reading, writing, listening and speaking activities alongside a thorough study of grammar.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students need to achieve 5 GCSE's at grade 5 and above, including mathematics and English, as well as a grade 6 or higher in French.


This course is wholly assessed through examination. 

There are three papers:

  • Paper (1) Reading, Writing and Listening
  • Paper (2) an additional Writing paper
  • Paper (3) Speaking

Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

French A Level is relevant to many jobs.  The skills acquired during the course are highly transferable and will facilitate entry into a variety of careers, from Travel and Tourism to Education or Law.

Students with a languages qualification are highly employable and often earn more than their monolingual counterparts.  

They are also ideally placed to benefit from an increasingly global marketplace, something which is likely to become even more significant post Brexit.

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: 15 October 2018
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