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If you already study French at GCSE or have the equivalent experience and wish to take it further, you will find this course stimulating and varied. The topics differ from GCSE and the approach is probably different too.
You will split your time between the classroom and the Language Lab and will also benefit from an individual 20 minute oral session with a native speaker every week.
You will be encouraged to borrow a range of foreign language books, DVDs and other resources for use outside the classroom to extend your learning. The more you read, listen and engage with French, the more progress you will make. For maximum challenge you can attend the ‘Cinema Club,’ where we watch French films.
By the end of the course you will certainly be far more fluent in the spoken language and will be able to read, write and understand so much more.

You will study:

  • French media, culture, lifestyles, family and relationships
  • Current affairs
  • Contemporary social and environmental issues
  • Literature


You will need (or equivalent to);

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or above
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
  • GCSE French grade 5 or above*
  • plus two more GCSEs grade 4/C or above

*If you have not studied GCSE French you will need to be a competent speaker and must have five GCSEs (including Maths and English) grade 4/C or above.

There are three exams:

  • Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing
  • Paper 2 – Writing
  • Oral Exam

Many students go on to study Language at university, often combined with another course (Law, Business Studies, Maths, Politics, English etc.). With a Language A Level you will also have the choice to study any other language at degree level. Study at degree level usually involves time spent working or studying abroad.

In recent years, the ability to use languages is highly prized by employers. Modern languages graduates are in demand with 96% of students finding employment. Whatever you decide to do, your language skills will be an invaluable asset to you.

Popular career fields include diplomacy, national security, medicine and engineering. You will develop key skills such as the ability to build relationships in and across borders, critical thinking and problem solving, a global outlook and intercultural confidence. Businesses and organisations not only want to recruit people who talk a language, but who have a deeper understanding of foreign environments and practices and are first-class communicators.

Will there be opportunities to visit other countries?

We aim to offer opportunities to stay with families in order to experience the language and culture. Past students have had the opportunity to visit Lisieux as part of Taunton’s twinning partnership. This visit is designed to develop language skills and to enhance your experience of learning a foreign language.