French - AS

L3 Level 3
Full Time
3 September 2024 — 14 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The French AS programme is a one-year course of study and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate.  Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student. AS level French is suitable for students wishing to further their existing knowledge of French, and is ideal if you wish to develop a deeper knowledge of French society, language and culture. You will also benefit from this course if you need to use French for work, study, training or leisure activities, as you will develop all four skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing. Furthermore, this course will provide an insight into the cultural aspects of French speaking countries, as well as providing the opportunities for students to explore contemporary issues. 

Pupils will have access to a range of multi-media and IT resources throughout the course, making use of the IT facilities in class, as well as those located in the Learning Centres and in the Open Access Suite, where support is always available. Advice, help and encouragement are also offered to students who are not familiar with ICT. French grammar is taught at each class and is reinforced through exercises and help sheets that can be accessed via Moodle (the college’s internet-based learning environment). 
Learners will have opportunities to develop their oral skills with native French speakers and contacts with French and Québec schools are provided and encouraged.

What you will study

There are 2 themes studied in AS French: 

  • Being a young person in French-speaking society 
  • Understanding the French-speaking world. 

Theme 1: Being a young person in French-speaking society 

Learners will study family structures, traditional and modern values, and friendships and relationships,  youth trends, issues and personal identity and  educational and employment opportunities. This is a theme which resonates in the lives of young people today and will enable the learner to empathise with issues and deepen their knowledge of how they affect the countries or communities where French is spoken. 

Theme 2: Understanding the French-speaking world 

In this theme, learners will study regional culture and heritage in France, French-speaking countries and communities and literature, art, film and music in the French-speaking world. This immerses learners in the culture and heritage of France and French-speaking countries and communities. 

Learners will in addition study one film. 

Entry requirements

Individual Subject Entry Requirement English Language minimum B B in GCSE French

Teaching and assessment

Unit 1 Speaking - 12% of qualification  

The speaking assessment will last 12-15 minutes in total. There are 2 separate tasks. In the first task, learners have to argue a point of view based on a written stimulus card. The second speaking task involves a discussion based on a second written stimulus card. 

Unit 2 Listening, reading, translation and critical response in writing - 28% of qualification 

For this assessment, learners have to answer comprehension questions based on Listening and Reading passages, translate a short passage from French into English and write an essay of approximately 300 words on the film they have studied. 

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

3 September 2024

End date

14 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

4.5 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



WJEC Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in French
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I do believe my time at CAVC has helped me meet the goals I had when I applied to College. The support I received from my teachers and peers throughout my courses allowed me to develop and succeed both creatively and academically.”

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On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:

  • French
  • Languages
  • History
  • Law

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

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