Reasons to study this course

  • You enjoyed studying French at school and like learning about other cultures.
  • Weekly one-to-one speaking lessons.
  • Small class sizes.
  • An AS or A-Level in a foreign language will make you more competitive when applying for university or jobs.

What you will need to study this course

  • minimum grade 5 in GCSE English and GCSE French
  • commitment to fully engage with our flexible teaching and learning offer
  • preparedness to study independently and doing our online interactive activities
  • readiness to take part in pair and group work
  • commitment to attend speaking classes

What you will study

Year 1 (AS) – family life, use of technology and volunteering in French speaking societies. French music, cinema and heritage. Grammar. You will study ‘Au Revoir Les Enfants’, a famous French film about two boys in WW2.

Year 2 (A-Level) – diversity, marginalisation and how France treats its criminals, political engagement, the role of trade unions and immigration. We also study a book ‘No et Moi’.

How you will be assessed

Year 1 (AS) – one listening and reading comprehension exam, one speaking exam, one essay and translation exam.

Year 2 (A-Level) – one listening and reading comprehension exam, one speaking exam, one essay exam.

Priestley Extra

Weekly one-to-one sessions with our language assistants. Extra grammar lessons. Easter revision workshops.


University where you can combine French with other subjects including business and management, marketing, accountancy, law and many more. A-Level French can be the key to securing top apprenticeships and employment, particularly Post Brexit.

Recommended reading

We study this film on the course.  Get ahead and watch it with subtitles. It’s a touching story of friendship and betrayal.  It is set in WW2 in Occupied France and was made by one of France’s most respected directors, Louis Malle.

The Languages Online (LO) website is good for practising and revising grammar in readiness for college.  There are lots of choices and you get instant feedback to help you learn.

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