This course is offered as an AS qualification (one year of study) or an A Level qualification (two year course). You will build on your grammar, written and oral skills, study a film and a novel, and have the opportunity to pursue individual research into a topic of your choice. In addition, you will take part in an exchange visit to a school in Gaillac, in the South West of France.

Level: A Level (level 3)
Type: A Level and AS Level

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Journalist, civil servant, international aid/development worker, marketing professional, editor, publisher, import/export specialist, interpreter/translator, hotel manager, tour manager and teacher.

French, international relations and European studies.

Topics you'll cover


  • The changing nature of the family
  • Cybersociety
  • The role of charities
  • Contemporary French music
  • The cinema in French-speaking countries
  • French language film: ‘Au Revoir les Enfants’.


  • Positive aspects of a diverse society
  • Life at the margins of society in France
  • The treatment of criminals
  • Young people, the right to vote and political engagement
  • Demonstrations and strikes
  • The politics of immigration
  • Research project
  • Literary text
  • French exchange visit.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Three exams (listening, oral, reading and writing)
  • Exam board: AQA
  • AS Level (level three) or A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

French GCSE at six or above plus a minimum of four GCSEs at four or above, including English.

Additional information


You may be expected to pay a course fee each year to cover the cost of materials and equipment. If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. 

A copy of the course payment breakdown can also be found here: course payment breakdown.