French A Level explores the language, literature, film and culture of the French-speaking world as well as the history and politics of France.

Board and specification code

Pearson, Edexcel, 9FR0

Is French for you?

Do you wish to become fluent in French? Do you already appreciate French culture and wish to learn more? Do you like grammar? If you’ve answered yes to at least two questions, then French is for you! Studying French A Level allows you to explore a wide range of topics, which will add to your understanding and interest in the language and culture of Francophone countries.

Course content/components

All Modern Languages follow similar units of the four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. The students also study films and works of literature which form the basis of the written examination. The oral examination is based on individual research on a subject of personal interest, relating to the countries where the language is spoken.

Recommended entry requirement

At least Grade 7 in GCSE or IGCSE French.

Post-A Level options

French is the official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. Proficiency in French is essential for anyone considering a career in an international organisation. French is an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, also essential for any career.