French 2


This course gives you the chance to study the French language and its culture. You’ll also study a French novel and film.

Why study French?

French is spoken by 80 million native speakers across the planet. Its culture is celebrated and loved the world over. You will develop skills which are in strong demand and can take you into countless professions. There is a real joy in being able to communicate with people from countries very different to your own.

What will I study?

A-level French involves the study of all aspects of French vocabulary and grammar. You’ll focus on the key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. You’ll also study the novel L’Etranger by Albert Camus and the film LaHaine, directed By Mathieu Kassovitz.

Which exam board & how will I be assessed?


There are two written exams and an oral. The oral is worth 30% of the final mark. The written paper which focuses on listening, reading, writing and translation is worth 50% and the literature and film paper is worth 20%.

Where could it take me?

The ability to speak French gives you a sought after (and increasingly rare!) skill which can be useful in many occupations. You will be able to apply for any French or combined honours degree at any university. Many students apply for courses such as International law or International business where knowledge of a second language is central. Our students go on to work in law, business and politics. They follow careers in translation and work in the travel and tourism sector. Careers in teaching, publishing, HR and journalism are also open to you. But we also have former students of the department who are doctors, dentists and vets!

Subject combinations

Students frequently combine French with History, all English courses, Law, Psychology, Business Studies and Sociology. But we’ve had many students who have successfully combined French with science A-levels or Maths. The ability to speak a second language is central to so many professions - it’s hard to see where French can’t take you!

What support is available?

One-to-one support is always available whenever you need it. You will have weekly conversation classes with our French assistant and a small group of other students. We have an excellent range of resources on paper and online for you to borrow.

What extracurricular activity is available?

We run regular trips to Home in Manchester where there are great opportunities to watch films and listen to lectures about all things French.

Did you know?

French is spoken on all 5 continents and is the official language of 29 nations. Worldwide, there are currently around 125 million people studying French.