Why study French?

  • Confidence and enjoyment in mastering another language
  • Awareness of French-speaking societies and cultures
  • Study skills including listening skills and essay writing, research, planning and analysis
  • Problem-solving and thinking skills
  • Communication skills including debating
  • Understanding of cross-curricular topics including Geography, Economics, Literature and Politics
  • Employability as many employers see a language as a plus

Topics of study at A-Level

Youth culture such as music and cinema, cyber-society and technological changes. Literature, film, and social and political issues.

I wanted to study French because I love French culture and I want to be able to communicate with people in a different language.
Ollie, Sixth Form French student

Opportunities beyond the classroom

You will have weekly individual lessons with our French assistant and the opportunity to participate in our language immersion course in southern France. We also organise cinema visits and a careers with languages event. For our keen linguists, we also offer the opportunity to learn Russian from scratch with our 2-year fast-track Russian GCSE course. An additional fee is payable.

What this subject might lead to

You can combine languages with any other A-Level or degree subject. Employers look for the key skills that language students have, so studying a language increases your options. You can also work abroad or specialise in language specific jobs such as interpreting, translation or the Foreign Office.

Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)

GCSE grade 7.