The French A Level Course will help students develop confident, effective communication skills in French and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. The course will help students to improve on their existing French skills and build on the essential skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing the French language.

Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. There are seventeen Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs) which include four practice exam assignments and two speaking tests.

The course is supported by oral material on CD-ROM, and access to OUP/Nelson Thornes online resources at Kerboodle. Students will need to have internet access to benefit from these.

This home study course follows the new linear A-Level specification. If students want to complete the AS Level course then this can be purchased from the AS Level section of our website.

The course covers the following 8 units:

  • Unit 1: L’évolution de la société française
  • Unit 2: La culture politique et artistique dans le monde français
  • Unit 3: Literature choice: Albert Camus: L’étranger
  • Unit 4: AS Listening, Reading and Translation
  • Unit 5: L’lmmigration et la societé multiculturelle française
  • Unit 6: L’Occupation et la Résistance
  • Unit 7: Literature choice: Jean-Paul Sartre: Les mains sales
  • Unit 8: Preparing for the A-level Examinations

The Syllabus:

This course prepares students for the Edexcel French 9FR0 A Level Specification for exams in May/June 2018 and later years.


Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (2 Hours) is 80 marks in total (40% of A-level).

Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (2 Hours, 40 Minutes) is 120 marks in total (30% of A-level).

Oral Examination: Speaking (Between 21 and 23 minutes, including a single period of 5 minutes’ formal preparation time) is 72 marks in total (30% of A-level).

Please Note: The first section of this new linear course will be dispatched to you after enrolment with the second section being sent when it becomes available.

Practical Skills/Coursework:

There is no Coursework with this syllabus.


We will admit Candidates for A Level Courses who have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C and above. This should include French GCSE at grade C or above.

Additional Reading:

There are accompanying CDs offering the opportunity to practice speaking and listening skills. Students also receive access to Kerboodle resources published by OUP / Nelson Thornes. Students will be provided with a username and password to the Kerboodle interface after they receive their course materials.

The following books are also required to work alongside your course materials.

  • Edexcel A level French (includes AS) Paperback. (ISBN: 978-1471858181)

You will also need to acquire the literary texts which are selected for this course. These are:

  • L’Etranger by Albert Camus (ISBN: 978-2070360024)
  • Les mains sales by Jean-Paul Sartre (ISBN: 978-2070257645)

In addition to the textbooks you also need a good dictionary. We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revisions.

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Examination Centres & Examination Fees:

All distance learning students will sit their exams as a private candidate in a registered school or college. The finding of an examination centre and the booking of exams is the responsibility of the student. In December/January students are contacted and advised to start arranging their examinations.

The new Linear format examinations all need to be sat in a single examination window on completion of your studies. Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs so it is worth contacting a few centres to compare prices.

As a registered student you can speak to an exams officer and get a list of centres used by previous students. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then we would advise contacting Edexcel for a list of Edexcel registered centres in your area. Edexcel exam centres are able to submit entries for any qualification that they are approved to offer.

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the A Level Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study A Level Courses from anywhere in the world. However some courses are easier to study from abroad than others and some restrictions to the type of tuition available apply. Edexcel do allow their A Level examinations to be sat outside of the UK at suitable centres (e.g. British consulates and registered International Schools) but students would need to contact Edexcel to find out if this is possible in their area.

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