A level French

Online distance learning course with study materials, tutor support and guaranteed exam place included.

The National Extension College


£695 VAT exempt
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Study method
Online, self-paced
300 Hours
Access to content
24 Months
A-level French
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) not included in price, and must be purchased separately
  • Tutor is available to students
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Say ‘Bonjour!’ to better understanding of French culture and language when you study A level French online.

As the second most widely-learned language after English, A level French is a recognised qualification, highly-sought after by employers all around the world.

Providing a very thorough knowledge of both the culture and society of France, and of other French-speaking countries, our A level French online course is a hugely-rewarding subject that you’ll find relevant and stimulating.

Through topics such as ‘culture et musique francophone’, ‘musique et cinéma’ and ‘literature and film’ this course will provide an immersive French experience to help you master the skills to secure the result you need.


A-level French
Awarded by AQA Education


Why study French?

Our A level French online course will not only provide you with high-quality course materials, it will also help you to become fluent in a language that’s widely spoken in countries around the world.

Course content

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

Our course tutors

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.

Meet Colin who is just one of our first-class French tutors:

“I have been involved with education, either in a voluntary or a paid capacity for over forty years, and I don’t seem to find it boring yet! After a Joint Honours Degree in Comparative Literature and French Language, and a Masters in European Studies, both at UEA. I have taught in comprehensives, sixth forms, adult education, evening classes and distance learning. I have also been an examiner – both marking and writing examination papers – since 1978, as well as working at regional and national levels for the NATE (National Association for the Teaching of English) and the NUT (National Union of Teachers). In my spare time I garden or write articles, poetry and stories – some published!”

What you need to know

Exam board

  • AQA 7652


  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor


  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 250-300* hours plus time for completing assignments

*The specification suggests that 300 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 300 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 5 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.


  • 11 assignments (one introductory) – these do not contribute towards your final grade


  • Set textbooks – included as a free ebook with your course: AQA A level French, R Hares, C D’Angelo, L Léchelle and J Giles, Hodder Education, 2016


  • Au revoir Les Enfants, Louis Malle (film)
  • Modern Languages Study Guides: Au revoir les enfants: Film Study Guide for AS/A level French, K Harrington, Hodder Education, 2017
  • L’Etranger, Albert Camus (novel)
  • Modern Languages Study Guides: L’étranger: Literature Study Guide for AS/A level French, H Beaugy, Hodder Education, 2017
  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • Access to learn@nec
  • All the course materials you need to complete the course
  • Support from a personal tutor for up to 24 months from your date of enrolment
  • Assignment marking
  • Coursework marking and authentication
  • Marking for one past paper
  • Guaranteed exam place
  • Free e-book version of the essential textbook
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner to help you plan your study timetable
  • Information on how to apply for exams
  • Academic references if needed

Your course fee does not cover:

  • Exam entry fees
  • Additional resources

Optional extras:

  • Additional past paper marking
  • Revision tutorial
  • Optional tutorial
  • Additional review

Exams and assessment

Exams (three):

  • Paper 1: 50% of marks (2 hours 30 minutes)
  • Paper 2: 20% of marks (2 hours)
  • Oral exam – 30% of marks (21 to 23 minutes, including 5 minutes of preparation).

The oral exam is in two parts:

  • Part 1: Discussion of one sub-theme from a choice of four
  • Part 2: Presentation of the Individual Research Project (2 minutes of presentation and 9-10 minutes of discussion of the findings of your research.

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

  • Coursework: Individual Research Project

Additional support if you're under 18

We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies. In our experience, learning online works best when the parents are involved, so when you enrol your child with NEC, you’ll have a unique set of services to help you to support your child.

This includes:

  • Your own log in to learn@nec to access the course so you can view the course materials and other information for yourself.
  • Access to your child’s gradebook to help you to monitor progress and provide appropriate and timely intervention and support
  • You’ll receive emails and forum posts so that you have all the examination and assessment updates/information provided by the NEC team
  • Dedicated Parent Portal Pages and targeted blogs with updates/information/help and advice on many aspects of home education.
  • Access to the Kudos career platform for young learners to explore career choices.

Who is this course for?

Our distance learning course for A level French is perfect if you:

  • Like the opportunities learning a new language brings – in business, or for your own pleasure.
  • Are a keen traveller, or would like to explore a new culture from your own home.
  • Plan to study other languages. Study French A level and you will find you have an understanding of many other ‘Romance’ languages such as Italian, Portuguese, and even Spanish. Perhaps you’ll eventually become a polyglot!
  • Enjoy learning. Learning a language is ultimately a lot of fun.


  • GCSE in French or equivalent recommended
  • Our course materials assume that English is your first language

Career path

  • Studying Modern Foreign Languages or linguistics at university or higher education level.
  • A range of careers including those in education, journalism, editing and publishing, international business, communication and translation through to cultural and tourism, diplomacy, law, media, accountancy, management, teaching or governmental positions.

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What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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