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A level French

Say ‘Bonjour!’ to better understanding of French culture and language when you study AS level French online.

As the second most widely-learned language after English, AS level French is a recognised qualification, highly-sought after by employers all around the world.

Providing a very thorough knowledge of both the culture and society of France, and of other French-speaking countries, our AS level French online course is a hugely-rewarding subject that you’ll find relevant and stimulating.

Through topics such as ‘culture et musique francophone’, ‘musique et cinéma’ and ‘literature and film’ this course will provide an immersive French experience to help you master the skills to secure the result you need.

Why study French?

Our AS level French online course will not only provide you with high-quality course materials, it will also help you to become fluent in a language that’s widely spoken in countries around the world. Our distance learning course for AS level French is perfect if you:

  • Like the opportunities learning a new language brings – in business, or for your own pleasure.
  • Are a keen traveller, or would like to explore a new culture from your own home.
  • Plan to study other languages. Study French AS level and you will find you have an understanding of many other ‘Romance’ languages such as Italian, Portuguese, and even Spanish. Perhaps you’ll eventually become a polyglot!
  • Enjoy learning. Learning a language is ultimately a lot of fun.

Future opportunities

  • Studying Modern Foreign Languages or linguistics at university or higher education level.
  • Opening up career paths – employment rates for language graduates are one of the highest, compared with other degree subjects.
  • You could spend a year in France or in a French-speaking country as a part of your degree.
  • Complementing subjects such as Law or Business, at university or higher education level.
  • A range of careers including those in education, journalism, editing and publishing, international business, communication and translation through to cultural and tourism, diplomacy, law, media, accountancy, management, teaching or governmental positions.

Course content

Section 1 – La famille et la cybersociété

  • Notre famille est spéciale
  • Se marier – oui ou non?
  • Que de soucis!
  • La technologie et la vie quotidienne
  • La technologie et les jeunes

Section 2 – La cybersocieté et le bénévolat

  • Les pièges de plus en plus sophistiqués de la cybersociété
  • Le boom technologique en Afrique francophone
  • L’Afrique francophone
  • Aider les défavorisés – pourquoi et comment?
  • Le bénévolat transforme les vies
  • Une expérience de volontaire
  • Le bénévolat en France

Section 3 – Culture et musique francophone

  • C’est quoi exactement, le patrimoine?
  • Le patrimoine – un atout pour le tourisme?
  • Architecture et gastronomie
  • Peut-on créer du patrimoine moderne?
  • Le patrimoine culturel
  • Sauvez la musique francophone!
  • Connaissez-vous la musique francophone contemporaine?
  • La chanson française

Section 4 – Musique et cinéma

  • Vous écoutez de la musique francophone?
  • La musique francophone africaine
  • Le cinéma: un art populaire
  • Les moments forts du cinéma en France
  • La passion du cinéma
  • La cinéma français

Section 5 – Literature and film 1

  • This section will focus on the set text or film for AS French

Your learning experience

Study AS level French with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • 1:1 support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Our exam booking service
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from the NEC team


Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 online learning platform.  

This easy-to-use platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you to evaluate your progress as you go.

Our course tutors

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.

Meet Colin who is just one of our first-class French tutors:

“I have been involved with education, either in a voluntary or a paid capacity for over forty years, and I don’t seem to find it boring yet! After a Joint Honours Degree in Comparative Literature and French Language, and a Masters in European Studies, both at UEA. I have taught in comprehensives, sixth forms, adult education, evening classes and distance learning. I have also been an examiner – both marking and writing examination papers – since 1978, as well as working at regional and national levels for the NATE (National Association for the Teaching of English) and the NUT (National Union of Teachers). In my spare time I garden or write articles, poetry and stories – some published!”

What you need to know

Exam board

  • AQA 7652


  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor

Entry requirements

  • GCSE in French or equivalent recommended
  • Our course materials assume that English is your first language


  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 120-150* hours plus time for completing assignments

*The specification suggests that 150 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading.  Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 150 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 4 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.


  • 6 assignments (one introductory) – these do not contribute towards your final grade


  • Set textbooks – included as a free ebook with your course:
  • AQA A level French, R Hares, C D’Angelo, L Léchelle and J  Giles, Hodder Education, 2016

Additional resources:

  • Au revoir Les Enfants, Louis Malle (film)
  • Modern Languages Study Guides: Au revoir les enfants: Film Study Guide for AS/A level French,  K Harrington, Hodder Education, 2017
  • L’Etranger, Albert Camus (novel)
  • Modern Languages Study Guides: L’étranger: Literature Study Guide for AS/A level French, H Beaugy, Hodder Education, 2017


  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec
  • As part of the assignments, you will be required to record audio and send it to your tutor.

What's included?

Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • Access to learn@nec
  • All the course materials you need to complete the course
  • Support from a personal tutor for up to 24 months from your date of enrolment
  • Assignment marking
  • Coursework marking and authentication
  • Marking for one past paper
  • Guaranteed exam place
  • Free e-book version of the essential textbook
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner to help you plan your study timetable
  • Information on how to apply for exams
  • Academic references if needed

Your course fee does not cover:

  • Exam entry fees
  • Additional resources

Optional extras:

  • Additional past paper marking 
  • Revision tutorial 
  • Optional tutorial 
  • Additional review

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Exams and assessment

Three exams:

  • 1 hour 45 minutes, 45% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of marks
  • One oral exam, 30% of marks:
    The oral exam is 12 to 14 minutes. Please refer to this page for more detailed information about how to take your oral exam through NEC.

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

  • None

Additional support if you’re under 18

We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies.  In our experience, learning online works best when the parents are involved, so when you enrol your child with NEC, you’ll have a unique set of services to help you to support your child.

This includes:

  • Your own log in to learn@nec to access the course so you can view the course materials and other information for yourself.
  • Access to your child’s gradebook to help you to monitor progress and provide appropriate and timely intervention and support
  • You’ll receive emails and forum posts so that you have all the examination and assessment updates/information provided by the NEC team
  • Dedicated Progress Portal Pages and targeted blogs with updates/information/help and advice on many aspects of home education.

Read more about how we work with young students who are studying at home or through a school.