Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater campus

Who is the course for?

There are 300-500 million mother-tongue speakers of French worldwide. By studying A Level French you will have the chance to find out for yourself about contemporary France and life in Francophone countries such as Montreal in Canada, North and West Africa and how the way of life compares with your own.

What does the course involve?

From the beginning learners will have the opportunity to use the French they learnt at GCSE level. We always start by going right back to basics so learners have the chance to build their knowledge of the language on a really firm foundation.

Learners will be encouraged to practise their language skills in the following ways:

  • Use computers in the Language Centre to watch live satellite TV
  • Practise grammar, writing, reading, translating and listening skills using the recommended web-sites on the computers
  • Give presentations and debate with other students in class
  • Use the language centre for independent study
  • Read ‘Phosphore’ and other French magazines and literature
  • Watch French films which are readily available in the Library
  • Take part in a trip to France, practise French and get to know more about the culture

What makes this course special?

  • Development of many new skills – such translation, communication skills in another language
  • Encouragement of an open minded approach to other cultures
  • Opportunity to travel to France
  • Opportunity to visit Bath University and experience a typical day for a language student at university
  • Translation workshops hosted by Exeter University
  • Meet French-speaking visitors in College
  • Take part in language competitions such as Vocabexpress Global Challenge, and Language Perfect

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of five GCSEs A* to C or 9 to 5 is recommended for A Level study, including Maths and English
  • French at grade B or 5 or above

What are the assessment methods?

Listening, reading, writing and speaking examinations at the end of the second year.

  1. Speaking = 16-18mins 30%
  • Presentation of Project (2mins) & Discussion (9-10mins)
  • Task card on one of topics (5mins prep and 5-6mins discussion)

2.    Listening, Reading and Translation paper =  2h30 50%

3. Writing = 2h 20% (approx 300 words for each)

  • 2 essays – one on literary text and one on film

How long is the course?

This is a full-time course. Learners will have six hours contact time with their teacher in the first year, followed by five in the second. Apart from this they will be expected to spend an amount of time on independent study completing set tasks and learning about the language and culture that they study.

What are the progression options?

The large majority of our students go on to Higher Education,to Universities such as Warwick, Southampton, Bath, Exeter, UCL many study French or combine the language with another subject as a joint honours degree. Students could decide to travel, work and live in France and Francophone countries to use their language skills.

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