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Course outline

A Level French is a great opportunity to expand on the GCSE, but in greater depth, looking at politics, society and culture; music and cinema; French-speaking communities. An A Level in a language is regarded by many universities as a ‘facilitating subject’ and can make a significant difference in UCAS applications.

Course content

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends and issues:

  • The changing nature of family
  • The ‘cyber-society’
  • The place of voluntary work
  • Positive features of a diverse society
  • Life for the marginalised
  • How criminals are treated

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world:

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

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 

Entry requirements

GCSE French grade 6

Career / higher education opportunities

French can be taken as a standalone BA degree course, or as a subsidiary subject alongside a number of other courses, such as law, medicine or engineering. Some courses even offer a year of study or work abroad for students.

Course specification

AQA Specification code: 7652