French A Level

A level French is a good foundation for a variety of careers. This course aims to equip you to deal with everyday social and work situations in French-speaking countries. You will read a range of texts in French, drawn from contemporary fiction, the classics and transcripts of films and current affairs programmes.

This course is one of our new Gold Star A levels. Find out more about them here.



Course requirements

A GCSE or equivalent in French is recommended for this course. This is an online course so you will also need access to the internet.

Duration of study

It's really up to you but, as a guide, an A level course takes about 250-300 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. Many students allow 18-24 months to complete an A level, but some complete the course within a year.


This course follows specification 7652 from the awarding organisation AQA. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from AQA's website.


Section 1 - La famille et la cybersociété
  • Notre famille est spéciale
  • Se marier – oui ou non?
  • Que de soucis!
  • La technologie et la vie quotidienne
  • La technologie et les jeunes

Section 2 - La cybersocieté et le bénévolat
  • Les pièges de plus en plus sophistiqués de la cybersociété
  • Le boom technologique en Afrique francophone
  • L’Afrique francophone
  • Aider les défavorisés – pourquoi et comment?
  • Le bénévolat transforme les vies
  • Une expérience de volontaire
  • Le bénévolat en France

Section 3 - Culture et musique francophone
  • C’est quoi exactement, le patrimoine?
  • Le patrimoine – un atout pour le tourisme?
  • Architecture et gastronomie
  • Peut-on créer du patrimoine moderne?
  • Le patrimoine culturel
  • Sauvez la musique francophone!
  • Connaissez-vous la musique francophone contemporaine?
  • La chanson française

Section 4 - Musique et cinéma
  • Vous écoutez de la musique francophone?
  • La musique francophone africaine
  • Le cinéma: un art populaire
  • Les moments forts du cinéma en France
  • La passion du cinéma
  • La cinéma français

Section 5 - Literature and film 1
  • This section will focus on the set text or film for AS French

Section 6 - Une société diverse
  • Origines du multiculturalisme et accueil des immigrés
  • Le multiculturalisme – succès ou échec?
  • La société canadienne et l’influence de la France dans le monde
  • L’exclusion sociale
  • L’inclusion sociale des handicapés et des marginaux
  • Choosing a topic for your research project

Section 7 - Les marginalisés et les criminels
  • Comment traitons-nous les marginaux?
  • La prison, ca marche?
  • Perspectives sur la criminalité
  • Prévention, réhabilitation et réinsertion
  • Organising your research project

Section 8 - L’engagement politique
  • La politique: ça te branche?
  • Pour ou contre le droit de vote?
  • L’Union européenne a-t-elle un avenir?
  • Le syndicalisme en action
  • Continuing your research project

Section 9 - La politique
  • Grèves et manifestations
  • Les grèves – réactions de la presse et du grand public
  • L’évolution de l’immigration et l’intégration
  • L’attitude des partis politiques envers l’immigration
  • La protection des immigrés et l’engagement politique
  • Making a short presentation in French

Section 10 - Literature and film 2
  • This section will focus on the second set text or film for A level French

Exams and assessment

Three exams:


Assignments do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.

This course has:
  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 10 assignments

Set texts and resources

Active e-book versions of these texts will be included free with your course:
  • AQA A level French, R Hares, C D'Angelo, L Léchelle and JC Gilles, Hodder Education 2016

Additional resources:
  • Au revoir Les Enfants, Louis Malle (film)
  • L'Etranger, Albert Camus (novel)

Using learn@nec

Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:

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  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • Google Chrome OS
  • Android 4.4 or later, using the Chrome browser
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  • Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari 6 or later
  • Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)

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How to enrol

There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
  • Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above.
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team.
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

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What our students say...

"The reason I chose NEC? I was impressed with the personal service and support I got every time I phoned up to make an enquiry about the course - all the staff who answered the phone were knowledgeable and able to answer my queries without passing me from one person to another. The course materials also seemed very thorough and interesting and at the right level of challenge for me, and all for a very reasonable price. (I also enrolled via ELCAS so NEC was one of the approved providers I could use)."

— NEC A level French student