Nelson Mandela said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart". French is spoken by at least an estimated 220 million people around the world and is currently the 6th most commonly spoken language worldwide. The A level course will further your linguistic and cultural knowledge and allow you to join the global French community.

Course Overview
Year 1

Subject content

* Social issues and trends - AS

* Political and artistic culture - A2

* Grammar

* Cultural topics

* Works: Literary texts and films

Film, Au Revoir Les Enfants - AS

Book, Un sac de billes, Joseph Joffo - A2


Introduction to reading and listening skills developed through theme-related texts and materials plus the study of a film.

Framework for developing :

* vocabulary

* comprehension skills

* essay-writing skills in the context of chosen work

* speaking skills

* translation skills, both from and into the target market

Year 2

Practice in:

* speaking

* comprehension skills

* transfer of meaning skills linked to the themes in the second year programme

This will provide the framework for the study of the second cultural work, the essay-writing assessment and the independent project research.


BA degree in Modern Languages; combined courses such as French with Politics, French with international management, with tourism, etc


Journalist; interpreter; publisher; teacher; translator; tour guide; diplomat; banker; buyer; job in industry.

If you have a willingness to learn the language and are prepared to work hard then it's definitely an enjoyable experience.

Izzy Payne

Key Facts

Qualification type:

A Level (AS possible)

Additional entry requirements:

Grade 5 in French


External summer examinations in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in French.

Opportunities for work-related activities:

Taster day at UWE with Routes into Languages to find out more about MFL study in HE. 4-day Visit to Paris at Easter.


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