When you decide to study A Level French as one of your subjects, you will simply be developing the skills you acquired during your GCSE course. You will continue to practise listening, reading, writing and speaking in French, but obviously to a higher level.

Everything we offer is there to help you to succeed. From the state-of-the-art language laboratory to a wide range of resources including lessons with friendly native speakers to help you become more confident speaking the language. Above all, you will find all the staff in the department friendly approachable and helpful. If you don’t believe us, just ask our students! Class sizes vary from year to year and language to language according to the number of students enrolled. Likewise, students should make full use of modern facilities to enhance their language skills. In addition, students should also take the opportunity to visit the country.

Where does A Level French lead?

Students in recent years have gone to university, studying languages by themselves. However, others have combined with other subjects, such as business, management, law, administration, ICT, engineering, international marketing and journalism. The choice is endless!

Course Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in French PLUS GCSE grade 5 in English Language

French Course Leaflet

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A Level French Course Introduction video

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Exam board course specification

A Level French Alumni

Aiden Dillon – French, Oxford University

Elise Don – French and Spanish, Oxford

Katie Heyes – French & Spanish, Durham University

French A Level News

Carmel on BBC News: Language study decline in UK

French Work Experience Trip To Rouen

Former student experiences life in Paris

Springtime in Paris



What Our Students Say

I chose to study French at Carmel because I enjoyed the subject at GCSE and wanted to develop my language skills further. I would recommend studying French at A level because, unlike the GCSE, you have the opportunity to learn more about French culture, rather than solely focusing on the listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.

Although it can be a challenging A level, I would say that it is the most rewarding because learning a language and learning about a new culture can change your outlook on the world and language skills are valued by many employers. Carmel College supports language students by creating a small conversation class to ensure that everyone feels confident when speaking in French, and by organising a range of trips. For example, many students have benefited from gaining work experience in France in year 13.

After leaving Carmel, I would like to continue studying French and I would consider doing a degree in languages. Overall, I think Carmel College is a great place to study a language.

Abby Smeltzer