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What is the French A-Level?

28 countries around the world have French as an official language. So by studying French A-Level at Cardinal Newman you will not only benefit from the help of enthusiastic tutors, but you will also increase your employment prospects for the future.  French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, UNESCO, as well as NATO and an ability to speak French and English is an advantage in the international job market. In addition, a deeper knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature, and the world of fashion, theatre and art as well as cuisine!

Studying French A-Level will enable you to build on the skills that you have learnt at GCSE and deepen your understanding of the language, culture, society and history of France, as well as develop your grammatical knowledge and your spoken fluency.

What Will You Study?

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  • Family structures in France and French-speaking countries
  • Traditional and modern French values
  • Friendships/relationships/citizenship in France and French-speaking countries
  • French Youth trends
  • Issues and personal identity, Education and employment opportunities as well as Literature, the Arts, Cinema and Music in France and French-speaking countries
  • Discrimination and diversity in France and French-speaking countries
  • Migration and integration in France and French-speaking countries
  • Culture, history and politics of life in post-war France from 1940-1950
  • A French work of literature and a French film

What Next?

Any Modern Language is highly sought after by employers and is a great skill to possess in the current work market. Furthermore, top universities respect and recognise the demands of studying this subject and the wide array of transferable skills acquired by students who study a language at A-Level. Languages can be combined with nearly any other subject at university. Many of our students choose to continue to study languages either on their own or as a combined programme after College. In the past students have studied more than one language at university, or combined their language with other subjects such as Business, Zoology, Linguistics, Drama, Economics, Law, History and even Physics and Medicine.


Students are offered the chance to take part in our annual trip to Paris where they have the chance to try out their language skills amongst the historical sites!

Exam Board

Eduqas (WJEC)

Entry Requirements

At least five 5s at GCSE,  including at least a 6 in French.

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and Btecs) Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

This A-Level combines well with any other subject

Chemistry, Physics, Biology, German, Spanish, History, Law, Business Studies, Drama & Theatre Studies and English.
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