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Claremont High School Academy


Head of Department

Ms C Byrne (Head of MFL)

Ms L Grandjean (Head of French)


 A Level

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

6 in English

6 in French

Why study this course

Studying French at A Level, not only improves your language skills, but it provides you with insights into France’s history and culture. More than 300 million people speak French on the five continents. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the fifth most widely spoken language in the world.

France operates the biggest international network of cultural institutes, which run French-language courses for close to a million learners. They also offer a variety of cultural programs in many domains.

The ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world. As one of the world’s largest economies and a leading destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.

French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.

By studying other cultures, students gain a better understanding of the world around them and are able to understand and discuss many current topics. They also develop empathy, intellectual curiosity and oracy skills.

Course Overview

Theme 1: Changes in French speaking society

Module 1: Families and changing structures, Adoption, Marriage equality

Module 2: Education and differences between school systems across the French speaking world

Module 3: World of work, Laws and workers’ rights

Theme 2: Artistic culture in French speaking countries

Module 4: Musical landscape

Module 5: Media and freedom of expression

Module 6: Festivals and traditions

Theme 3: Immigration and multicultural societies

Module 7: Positive impact of immigration

Module 8: Immigration challenges and integration

Module 9: Right-wing politics

Theme 4: Occupied France and the Resistance movement

Module 10: Occupied France

Module 11: the Vichy Regime

Module 12: The Resistance movement


Study of a French novel


Study of a French film

Independent Research Project: 

Topic related to an aspect of French (or Francophone) culture – chosen by the student


Speaking, Listening, Reading and Translation practice on Themes 1 to 4

Essay practice on Literature and Film.


Exam specification

French Specification


  • Year 12 students complete a one-week work placement in France over Easter. They stay with local families and gain incredible insight about the culture, language and work environment.
  • Trips to museums presenting French works in London.
  • Deliver languages sessions to primary school children.
  • Increase their understanding of the different French speaking cultures across the globe.

Future Pathways

The subject is well regarded by universities, especially Russel Group universities.

Possible careers:

  • Interpreter
  • MFL teacher
  • Translator
  • Journalist
  • Detective
  • Diplomatic Service Office
  • International aid/ development worker
  • Marketing executive
  • Tourism industry
  • Medical writer