What does this course involve?

Speaking French confidently and understanding French-speaking culture. It’s empowering to learn a foreign language and this A Level course will give you a sense of openness to experience other cultures. You’ll study a film (Au Revoir les Enfants) and a novel (Un Sac de Billes) in French, and you’ll be given time each week to practise speaking French with our native-speaker French assistant. You’ll look at French societal changes, aspects of artistic life and the political landscape, including The Family / The Cyber-Society / A Diverse Society / Life For The Marginalised / Voluntary Work / Francophone Music and Cinema / Teenagers and Politics / Politics and Immigration.

Course Outline

As part of our course, each student is given time each week to practise speaking French with our native-speaker French assistant. There may also be a day visit to a University French department.

Aspects of French society, artistic life and politics that we study include:
The family / the cyber-society / a diverse society / life for the marginalised / voluntary work / francophone music and cinema / teenagers and politics / politics and immigration. A French film (Au Revoir les Enfants) and a novel (Un Sac de Billes) are also studied in detail.

Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills will all be examined. The writing sections include translation skills and essay writing.

There is no coursework element to this course. Everything is examined in the three end-of-course exams. However, the speaking test includes examination of a culturally appropriate topic, chosen and prepared by the students during their second year.

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths and English, with at least two at grade 6. You will need a grade 7 in French.


Modern Languages skills are highly valued by employers in jobs such as international sales and marketing, business, journalism, teaching, the tourist industry, translation & interpreting, and the Diplomatic Service. Universities and employers appreciate that this is a challenging course and value your commitment to it. Having an A Level in a foreign language may also provide you with the opportunity to do a placement/study year abroad while at university.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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