A Level


  • You love learning about other cultures as well as the language.
  • Priestley offers weekly one-to-one speaking lessons with our French assistants.
  • Small class sizes allow us to meet your individual needs and support your
  • Opportunity to combine French A-Level with a variety of other subjects.



Year 1 (AS) – TOPICS – the changing nature of family life; the use of technology in French speaking countries; the role of volunteering, francophone music; French speaking cinema; French cultural heritage; FILM – “au revoir les enfants”.

Year 2 (A-Level) – TOPICS – the advantages of a diverse society; marginalised people in French society; how to treat criminals effectively in France; young French people’s engagement with politics; trade unions and strikes; the politics of immigration; BOOK – “No et moi”.



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.


Extra reading and viewing

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.



There has been a growing trend in many university courses where modern languages are combined with other subjects, such as business and management, marketing, accountancy, law and many more.  More and more businesses recognise and value the ability to use languages and, post Brexit, French is likely to be more in demand by British businesses. Modern languages graduates are in demand with 96% of students finding employment. French can also be the key to securing top apprenticeships.


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