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Learn about topics such as Artistic culture in the French-speaking world, current trends of French-speaking society and political life in the French-speaking communities. Develop your listening and speaking skills by taking part in lessons that will be taught almost completely in French.

You will have regular access to interactive online resources and weekly contact with a foreign language assistant. You will also have the exciting opportunity to take part in work-experience and revision course in France!

Modern languages provide enjoyable and useful lifelong skills opening up new avenues of communication and giving you a broader cultural understanding. If you have plans to work overseas an ability in the local language will bring you great benefits; international companies widely recognise and welcome students with a language qualification as more employable with the possibility of working abroad.

Course Content

Modern Languages provide enjoyable and useful lifelong skills. Whether used at work or for leisure purposes, they open up new avenues of communication and encourage a broader cultural understanding.

Almost all teaching will be in French. To improve your listening and speaking skills, you will have regular access to interactive on-line resources and regular opportunities for speaking practice.

Students also have the opportunity to take part in work experience in France and other enrichment activities.

Year 1

You will study aspects of French-speaking society including current trends; artistic culture in the French-speaking world and study one feature film.


Year 2

You will explore current issues in French-speaking society including positive features of a diverse society; how criminals are treated; aspects of political life such as teenagers right to vote and immigration, and study one literary work. You will also undertake an individual oral research project on a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where French is spoken.


  • 100% Exam
  • Exam Board: AQA

Special Features

There are opportunities for excellent work experience opportunities abroad.  Students can also take part in revision courses in France.

In addition, we provide Gap Year advice about working abroad.

There are also theatre and cinema visits.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 6 in French GCSE.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

The study of French can lead to a variety of careers both in this country and abroad: it is now widely recognised that people with language skills are more employable.

International companies welcome language graduates; there is the possibility of working abroad, and an ability in the local language will help if you are planning to work overseas teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Students who recently completed their course are currently studying…

  • Language, Culture and Communication at Warwick University,
  • History, Literature and Culture at Brighton,
  • French and Linguistics at York University
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