A level French online course overview

Edexcel A levels in languages other than English are accepted by universities and employers as proof of linguistic ability and understanding. Successful language students gain lifelong skills. The Cambridge International AS and A level French:

  • Enable students to communicate confidently and clearly in the target language
  • Form a sound base of skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure
  • Develop the ability to understand a language from a variety of registers
  • Develop insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken, including
  • The study of literary texts where appropriate (this does not apply to AS French)
  • Encourage positive attitudes to language learning and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations
  • Support intellectual and personal development by promoting learning and social skills

A level French students will sit exam papers in:

  • Reading and writing
  • Essay
  • Literature

There is also a speaking exam.

Prior learning

Candidates who are beginning French A level online should have previously completed an IGCSE course in French, or the equivalent level of qualification.


A level French provides a suitable foundation for the study of French or related courses in higher education. Equally it is suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in French, or as part of a course of general education.

Exam information

In the October of year 11, 12 and 13 parents and guardians will receive an email asking which exams the learner intends to take, and where they would like to take them. Parents and guardians must inform King’s InterHigh if they need assistance finding an exam centre by mid-October.

King’s InterHigh can support you in finding a local exam centre. It is then down to the individual to register with the centre of choice and pay the exam fees to the centre directly. As each exam centre sets their own fees we cannot provide accurate pricing, however as an example, you can see our own fees by clicking here

Access arrangements

Physical, medical or learning support needs may be eligible for access arrangements during exams. These can include:

  • Extra time of 25%*
  • Extra time up to 50%*
  • A reader*
  • A scribe*
  • Supervised rest breaks
  • Separate room
  • Use of a laptop
  • Enlarged print exam papers

*These arrangements must be approved by the exam board. The learner will need to undertake learning assessments with an educational psychologist or specialist assessor in order to complete the application form. These assessments can take up to 18 months to process.

The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year that the learner sits exams.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this subject.

However, if you’re looking to study this subject as one of four A levels, we strongly advise you only do so if you are predicted at least a grade 7 at GCSE / IGCSE in this subject or a relevant subject.

A Level
2 years
Online, real-time classrooms, 24/7 access to curriculum
All exams will be supervised and sat at an examination hall local to you
Pupils can choose A level French and add other A levels for an added fee per subject, per year. Find out more.
The UK version can only be sat by students who live permanently in the UK.

Know more about your course fees

We have several fee packages and options, with differing levels of commitment to suit most circumstances. In most cases parents have the option to pay in instalments, spreading the cost of the investment.

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