A Level

A Level French will see you exploring French culture, building your knowledge of life in France, as well as developing your French language and literature skills – ensuring that you move towards speaking and understanding the language fluently. Naturally, being able to speak a second language is a key skill. But the ability to speak more than one language develops a vast range of valuable skills ranging from becoming more analytical, to being able to communicate more effectively in your own first language; this makes it a valuable qualification for employers and universities alike.

Specific requirements

You’ll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a grade 6 in GCSE French.

For more information about the pathways, please click here.

Your learning experience

The topics you study will build on your GCSE studies and include:

• Education and employment in France or the French speaking world
• Family life in French culture
• Literature and films of France
• Media
• Equality and diversity in the French speaking world
• Immigration of France
• French history
• Young people and technology in France
• The media and their influence in France

An enriching experience

Studying A Level French at HNC is an enriching experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and interests, broadening your horizons and building your cultural capital. These experiences are integral to life at HNC and will
help you to stand out from the crowd. Some of the experiences our A Level Modern Foreign Language students enjoy include:

• Residential visits to France to soak up the culture and practise the language
• Taking part in debates in French
• Taking part in lunchtime enrichment opportunities such as a MFL Film Club
• Participating in inspirational and valuable guest workshops and university lecturers

Enlightening opportunities

We are proud of the unique experiences that are available to our students both inside and outside of the classroom. Our subject specialists will instil in you a love of learning, and challenge you to develop the required skills you’ll need to achieve the life-changing qualifications that will lead you to your dream career.

Our teachers are passionate about helping you to become fluent and confident in your choice of language. In addition to an outstanding experience in the classroom, you can expect a range of hands-on support, including the opportunity to converse with a native speaker. We have excellent links with schools across the continent and participate in an international exchange programme.

How will you be assessed?

This course is assessed via examination. You will also be tested through an oral assessment (30%), listening, reading and translation (50%) and writing (20%).

Where does it lead?

Speaking a second language can open up a huge range of doors; indeed, studies show that candidates who speak a second language can earn up to 20% more than their peers. Naturally, some students do choose A Level French with the intention of progressing to a Modern Foreign Languages degree. However, progression pathways can be as diverse as Travel and Tourism, Translation, Business or Communications – there are few pathways in life where the skills and knowledge gained on this course are not an asset!

A Level French students have recently progressed to university to study subjects such as:

  • French
  • Politics
  • Law
  • History
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • English Literature


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Good to Know
Learning a language gains far more than the ability to converse with others in your chosen language. Studies show that studying a language develops a huge and varied range of additional skills – for example, those who speak a language are often more creative. This is because learning a language means you need to find alternative methods for saying something if you don’t know the phrase!
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