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.
Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.
Are you intending to take your exams next summer? Please refer to our information on fast tracking and studying your course within one year.
This course is one of our new Gold Star A levels. Find out more about them here.
GCSE French or equivalent is required for this course.
Hours of study
As a guideline, you should allow for between 300 and 350 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment.
Exams and assessment
- 2 hours 30 minutes, 50% of marks
- 2 hours, 20% of marks
One oral exam, 30% of marks:
The oral exam is 21 to 23 minutes including 5 minutes of preparation. Please refer to this page for more detailed information about how to take your oral exam through NEC.
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
NEC's tutor-marked assignments:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 10 assignments
Active e-book versions of this text will be included free with your course:
- AQA A level French, Rod Hares, Casimir d'Angelo, Lauren Léchelle, Jean-Claude Gilles, Hodder Education 2016
- Au revoir Les Enfants, Louis Malle (film)
- L'Etranger, Albert Camus (novel)
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How to enrol
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.
How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Amount of credit:
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Rate of interest:
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The National Extension College (NEC) is the trading name of the Open School Trust, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 676788). Finance is provided through the Deko platform by a number of lenders. You will be offered the best rate available based on your credit history and the lenders’ credit decision policies.
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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
Section 7 - Les marginalisés et les criminels
- Comment traitons-nous les marginaux?
- La prison, ca marche?
- Perspectives sur la criminalité
- Prévention, réhabilitation et réinsertion
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
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
Section 10 - Literature and film 2
- This section will focus on the second set text or film for A level French
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