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York College


Entry requirements

 A minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including GCSE English Language (grade 4). GCSE grade B or above in French is required.

 An A Level qualification in French is a valuable part of any subject combination. You can develop your linguistic skills to a high level and build up an awareness of a range of topical issues.


The AS course lasts a year. The full A Level lasts two years. Students will attend 4.5 hours of lessons a week and an extra 30 minutes in groups of 2/3 with a foreign language assistant.

What will I study?

 Year 1:

Aspects of French speaking society: Current trends

•    The changing nature of the family
•    Cyber society
•    The place of voluntary work

Artistic Culture in the French speaking world

•    A culture proud of its heritage
•    Contemporary francophone music
•    Cinema: the 7th art form

 Students will also study a French language film in the first year.

Year 2:

 Aspects of French speaking society: Current trends

•    Positive features of a diverse society
•    Life for the marginalised
•    How criminals are treated

 Aspects of political life in the French speaking world

•    Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
•    Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
•    Politics and immigration

Students will also study a French language film and literary work in the second year. You will have a lesson with the French assistant each week, and you will be encouraged to spend some time in a French-speaking country during the course.

How will I be assessed?

Year 1 exams

Paper 1: listening, reading, writing – 40% of Year 1
Paper 2: writing – 30% of Year 1
Paper 3: speaking – 30% of Year 1

Year 2 exams

Paper 1: listening, reading, writing – 40% of Year 2
Paper 2: writing – 30% of Year 2
Paper 3: speaking – 30% of Year 2

Good course combinations

 Students can combine French successfully with the full range of A Levels.

What could it lead to?

 Many students go on to a language related degree course. There are many degree courses offering courses including language study. Possible careers include teaching, translation, journalism, publishing, and work in the tourism or financial sectors.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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100% Achievement in 2016.




Bethany Hickey

Previously of Millthorpe School
A Level French

“I chose French because I wanted to experience a foreign language in depth, and at A Level I feel like you get a proper understanding of the language and also new cultures. The lessons cover lots of skills such as listening, reading, writing and speaking so that you feel confident and prepared in every part of the language, and support from my tutors really helped improve my ability.”

YC 11-6-13a-13

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