What is French?

Studying Modern Foreign Languages at A-level will mean that you will be able to talk confidently to native speakers on a wide range of subjects. You will be able to follow programmes on television and have a good understanding of what is written in magazines, newspapers and books. However, it is not just about language skills; you also find out about how the people live, in what ways other cultures are similar to the UK, but also very different. In your lessons, you will also learn about, and reflect upon, important global issues such as women’s rights and immigration.

Studying Modern Foreign Languages at A-level will mean that you will be able to talk confidently to native speakers on a wide range of subjects. You will be able to follow programmes on television and have a good understanding of what is written in magazines, newspapers and books.

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Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 6 from English, Grade 5 from chosen Foreign Language

  • Course duration

    2 years

  • Assessment methods

    Exams and externally moderated assessments

  • Exam board

    Eduqas

  • Course type

    Linear A-level

  • How you will study:

    The MFL Department at Xaverian offers A-level courses in French, German or Spanish. There are currently 135 students following the taught programmes but we also aim to give Xaverian students the opportunity to try new languages or hone their own language skills.

    Students applying for A-level courses are encouraged to have a grade 6 at GCSE. Our native speaker programme meant AS & A2 levels were sat in many languages in the 2019 session, including Farsi, Portuguese, Turkish Polish and Dutch. The results were outstanding with 100% achievement rates in all subjects

Course content summary:

  • Speaking:

    A research project and presentation. 5-6 minutes theme-based discussion.

  • Listening:

    Questions which may include true/false statements, multiple choice, questions and answers and comprehension questions in French, German or Spanish.

  • Reading:

    Questions based on texts in French, German or Spanish

  • Translation:

    An unseen passage or passages from French, German or Spanish into English plus an unseen passage or passages from English into French, German or Spanish.

  • Critical response in writing (closed-book):

    Candidates write an essay of approximately 300 words on each of the two works, one book, one film, they have studied..

Why choose French at Xaverian College


  • Many students also like to go further afield and travel abroad, we encourage and organise trips.

  • We work with Oxford University to enter students for the MFL translation and poetry workshops and competitions, giving you a chance to get a step ahead.

Additional Study Opportunities

As well as your language classes, in the MFL department we would really love you to get involved in a variety of opportunites which, not only help your learning of languages, but also give you opportunities to get out and about. For instance, this year the German class took the train to London to see “Der Besuch der alten Dame” (the play studied in A-level German), the Spanish class watched “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” in Birmingham and the French class went along to the HOME cinema in Manchester to a French film study day.

Many students also like to go further afield and travel abroad, this is often the part that makes language learning come alive. We would really love to make that real for you too and encourage you to go on trips such as the ones we have held previously. For instance, last October, the Spanish class travelled to Barcelona, having been in Madrid the year before whilst the German class went to Frankfurt, taking in visits to places, such as the European Bank and the music musem. This year, we also offered a combined French and Theology trip to France, looking at the historical elements of occupied France; a topic that coincides with the history module on the A-level course.

Finally, I would like to draw the attention of G & T students to academic activities which you may also wish to pursue. For instance, we work with Oxford University to enter students for the MFL translation and poetry workshops and competitions, giving you a chance to get a step ahead.

Why choose French at Xaverian College


  • Many students also like to go further afield and travel abroad, we encourage and organise trips.

  • We work with Oxford University to enter students for the MFL translation and poetry workshops and competitions, giving you a chance to get a step ahead.

Additional Study Opportunities

As well as your language classes, in the MFL department we would really love you to get involved in a variety of opportunites which, not only help your learning of languages, but also give you opportunities to get out and about. For instance, this year the German class took the train to London to see “Der Besuch der alten Dame” (the play studied in A-level German), the Spanish class watched “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” in Birmingham and the French class went along to the HOME cinema in Manchester to a French film study day.

Many students also like to go further afield and travel abroad, this is often the part that makes language learning come alive. We would really love to make that real for you too and encourage you to go on trips such as the ones we have held previously. For instance, last October, the Spanish class travelled to Barcelona, having been in Madrid the year before whilst the German class went to Frankfurt, taking in visits to places, such as the European Bank and the music musem. This year, we also offered a combined French and Theology trip to France, looking at the historical elements of occupied France; a topic that coincides with the history module on the A-level course.

Finally, I would like to draw the attention of G & T students to academic activities which you may also wish to pursue. For instance, we work with Oxford University to enter students for the MFL translation and poetry workshops and competitions, giving you a chance to get a step ahead.