Individual consideration of bi-lingual students.

French A Level


French AS/A2 Level

About the course

Language study is about creativity, critical thinking and communication. Studying a language will add an international dimension to your A levels and provide you with skills which employers and universities consider to be highly desirable. During this two year course you will build on what you have learnt at GCSE, developing your confidence to speak in public, use problem solving strategies and write coherently as well as understand more about France and Francophone cultures. 

• Five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C, including grade 4/C in English Language

• Grade 5/B or above in a GCSE in the relevant language

• Individual cases will be considered for students with a bilingual background

• Individual cases will be considered for students with 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.

On this course, you will explore a wide range of topics, including: evolving society in France, political and artistic culture in French-speaking countries, immigration and multiculturalism in France, the Occupation, and Resistance. You will also study a book and a film, developing your skills of analysis. You will learn new grammar, vocabulary, and consolidate it through translation into and out of French.

Assessment takes place regularly on the course to provide practice and feedback.  The final exams will take place at the end of the second year and will include: Paper 1 (listening, reading and translation), Paper 2 (writing on the film and book and translation into French), Paper 3 (an oral exam). 

French A level is a highly regarded qualification and will support your application to many courses at university, including business, science management and tourism. It is also an essential component of a language or literature course.  Many of our students choose to study a language in combination with other subjects or apply to study for other languages, such as Chinese or Japanese. Achieving a language A level adds an extra dimension to your personal skills profile which will impress people who read your CV and put you in a stronger position to get a job in companies with international links. 

I have always wanted to be a lawyer

Hosanna Makanda

Hosanna Makanda

Studied: ESOL progressing to study A Levels in English Language and Literature, French, History and Sociology

Now studying Law at the University of Birmingham

Hosanna Makanda came to the UK from war torn Congo in 2011. She spoke no English and had experienced very little education. Enrolling on an ESOL course at the College’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, her potential was spotted and she was encouraged to progress to A Levels. This summer she achieved an A*, two As and a B and is now studying Law at the University of Birmingham.

She said: “My teachers always made sure I had everything I needed and have inspired me to go to university. I have always wanted to be a lawyer as I have developed a need to defend other people.”

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01 January 1970

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A level entry requirements

A Level entry requirements

Our Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. Over 30 A Levels are on offer from Physics to History of Art.

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Based in vibrant Angel, the Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. There are over 30 A Levels on offer from Dance to History of Art to Science.