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

Modern Languages 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 enjoy the increased independent learning at Carmel and how, for the most part, we are treated as young adults rather than students.

I enjoy learning languages in more depth in terms of grammar and vocabulary and the interesting topics we study within the course.

I took part in the week long work experience trip to Rouen in February, which was a great experience and benefitted my speaking and listening skills greatly.

Carmel’s language facilities, learning environment as well as the support and teaching has impressed me the most about the college. After Carmel, I am hoping to study languages further, with a university course involving French being a very high possibility. I may take a year abroad to a French speaking country, like Senegal, to gain work experience or to do volunteering work.

Brett Takemoto