GSO Test

French A Level

Awarding Body


Assessment Structure

100% examination (at the end of the course)

Minimum entry requirement

  • NBP16C level 3 entry requirements
  • GCSE (6) in French
  • If you do not have a relevant GCSE qualification but have a high level of proficiency in the language a 1:1 review can be carried out with the head of department to assess your suitability.

Why should I study this course?

There are 220 million French speakers in the world, and not just in France; it is the official language of Canada, Switzerland, Belgium and several African countries as well as important organisations such as the UN, the EU, NATO and UNESCO.  France is also our nearest neighbour and the French language is the most beautiful in the world!

What will I learn?

French language and grammar through the study of current trends in society, artistic culture and political life in the French speaking world. Topics include the changing nature of family, the 'cyber-society', voluntary work, life for the marginalised in society, positive features of a diverse society, politics, demonstrations and immigration. You will also study French music, cinema and cultural heritage including the study of the film ‘La Haine’ by Matthieu Kassowitz and the book ‘No et Moi’ by Delphine de Vigan

How will I learn?

Classwork consists of a mixture of teacher led activities alongside individual and group work such as discussion and presentations

9 hours of lessons per fortnight + 2 hours with a French Assistant

Homework consists of a variety of tasks: listening and reading comprehension, essay writing, vocab learning, collaborative working for presentations etc

Digital resources are available for practice, course content and further study

Regular mock papers and exam style tasks are completed in order to develop strategies for success

Cultural Exchange to Auch in France for full immersion in French language and Culture

What can I do with my qualification?

The majority of our students leave school to continue their language learning at university. There are many courses that offer languages as joint honours degrees, i.e. combining more than one language or alongside another subject such as law, politics or business for example.  Being able to communicate in a second language can increase your chances of employment by making you a global candidate. There are also endless exciting possibilities to travel with languages, exploring the world and making the most of opportunities as you go! 

What do students say?

“I can’t wait to go travelling and use my language skills.”
“The French trip was great for my confidence - I was actually thinking and dreaming in French after 5 days with my exchange family!”