French A Level

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Getting Ahead

French A Level at Alton Campus

We are very pleased that you have opted to take French at HSDC Alton in September.

These activities will help you keep your language skills going over the break. Be sure to bring these completed tasks with you in September so we can talk about them in your first lesson.

students holding up french words in class

Find out about one French speaking country or region and compile a list of five interesting facts. This should preferably be in French but can be in English. If you have connections with a particular country or region in France, that would be an obvious choice.

World Territories is a good website which shows where these countries are.

Test your knowledge of which countries are French speaking:

Research something that interests you relating to a French speaking country from one of the following topic areas and use any format you like to present it in French – as a fact file, PowerPoint presentation, poster etc.

  • Food
  • Architecture and Heritage (places to visit)
  • Geography
  • Music or Media

Watch some French TV and make a summary of a performance or a piece of news.

Here are some examples:

Test your level of French and complete listening and writing exercises on

Buy the A Level course books now, look through them and start some of the exercises in the grammar workbook.

  • AQA.A Level Year 1 and AS French, by Rob Pike, Colin Povey and Paul Shannon, Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-836688-1
  • AQA French Grammar and Translation Workbook, by Steve Harrison. ISBN 9780-0-19-841553-4

Write a text in French describing your family and how you get on with different family members.

Watch the film La Famille Bélier on Netflix, in French with English subtitles and write a summary of your impressions of the film.

Watch three other French films from the choice below and write your impressions.

French films on Netflix complete list 


Bons préparatifs et à bientôt!

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College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

My experience at the college has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student