Course Entry Requirements

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


This is a highly respected A Level which develops communication and independent study skills, leading to a wide range of career options. We have fantastic facilities and resources including a state-of-the-art language lab. You will benefit from outstanding support from lessons with friendly native speakers as well as work experience opportunities in France.

What you will study

  • A range of topics covering different aspects of French society and culture
  • Analysis of text and films as part of the written exam
  • Carry out a research project to discuss in the speaking exam
  • Weekly conversation classes


Internal assessments to track your progress. There are three external examinations at the end of your second year.
Component 1 – Speaking (30%)
Component 2 – Reading, Listening and Translation (50%)
Component 3 – Text / Film based essay writing (20%)

Course Support

  • Small group sessions with a native speaker to improve speaking skills
  • Weekly tutorials to improve grammar, reading, writing and comprehension skills
  • A weekly ‘Stretch and Challenge’ session for more able linguists
  • Regular revision sessions before exams
  • High Achievers+ support with applications to competitive universities

Enrichment Activities

  • A Work Experience trip to France to develop skills and confidence
  • Careers talks and advice from universities and former students
  • A taster day at the University of Manchester


French appeals to a variety of students who wish to follow a career in languages or supplement their other A Levels with a highly regarded and respected A Level subject. Many UK and overseas universities offer combined degree courses where a language is studied alongside another subject, offering wider career options in the future.

Career Opportunities

Some examples include a Translator / Interpreter, Diplomat, Foreign Ambassador, Teacher, Writer, Journalist, Customer Service Representative, Hospitality Manager, Flight Attendant, Human Resources, and Specialist Healthcare Professional. The list is endless!


Click the link below to watch the Student Introduction video

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Further Information

French Course Leaflet

Exam board course specification

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

French student Abbie Smelter