Course Summary:

French at OSFC will allow you to develop the four basic language skills of listening, reading speaking and writing as well as enabling you to achieve the necessary exam techniques and grammatical skills to succeed. You’ll be taught by tutors with a passion for their language. You’ll learn how to express your opinions in a range of topics; from advertising, sport, relationships, television and film. If you appreciate music, film, arts and culture then you will love the chance to consider cultural topics in the second year. Alongside the work in the classroom there will be a chance to visit Le Mans as part of a popular exchange programme.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • Oxford University – Fine Art/French
  • Oxford University – History
  • The University of Nottingham – Modern Languages
  • Sheffield Hallam University – French with International Business Studies
  • The University of Manchester – Medicine

Career destinations:

  • Translator
  • Interpreter
  • Language Teacher
  • Business
  • Linguist

Entry Requirements:

You will need at least a grade 6 in French at GCSE level.

Assessment Method:

70% listening, reading and writing; 30% speaking. The examination consists of three papers. Assessment is 100% examination-based.


In addition to your AS level course you could also take up an Enrichment course that gives you the chance to learn a new language over 14 weeks or to develop your practical skills in an existing language at post GCSE level (German, French or Spanish).

In both instances the courses focus on developing speaking and listening skills in a vocational context for particular use in future employment.

Student Case Studies:

Michael Hargreaves

Michael Hargreaves

“I’ve enjoyed studying French because I like learning new languages and how other people in the world live. The teachers are very friendly and I feel I’ve learnt a lot under their guidance and have enjoyed the work that’s been set. I also really enjoyed the French exchange which was very useful. There is an excellent working environment here at OSFC, there are lots of study areas where you can go to catch up with work and there are lots of resources available.”

Michael is planning to continue his studies at university when he leaves College.