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Why study this subject?

  • French is part of the Ebacc suite of subjects and is regarded as a highly desirable GCSE subject for students aiming for a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Many universities recommend a modern language at GCSE level to gain entry onto a range of degree courses.  Many employers respect a modern language GCSE as a high level subject.
  • A modern language can be a challenging, but highly rewarding subject to study. Being able to communicate in another language is a fantastic life-skill to have.
  • Languages will open a lot of doors to a wide range of careers in the future.
  • It has been proven that learning languages increases your cognitive ability.

Aims of the course

  • To become global citizens in a multicultural, mutually respectful world.
  • To develop your ability to communicate in authentic daily French.
  • To offer insights into the culture of French speaking countries.
  • To provide enjoyment and challenge through the skills of language learning.
  • To encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations.
  • To improve general learning skills e.g. organisation, memorisation, presentation.

What can this course lead to?

  • Anything! Every job or career can be enhanced by a modern language.
  • Exciting work and travel and opportunities abroad.
  • Potentially higher salaries.
  • The ability to take on new challenges, work hard and achieve your goals.
  • The motivation, confidence and experience to know that you can learn any other language in the future.
  • Many local colleges/6th Forms will offer French at A level, which can then lead to a Degree course in French or combined with a range of other sbjects including other languages, Business, Hopsitality, Law, Media, Marketing and many other combinations - French goes will with everything!


Expectations of subject

  • In order to enjoy French at GCSE, you need to be self-motivated and demonstrate an appropriate end of KS3 language level in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
  • The GCSE is assessed through final assessments in listening, speaking, reading and writing (25% each skill). Students will build confidence and skills in each area throughout the course.
  • Students need to be prepared to learn vocabulary regularly as well as keeping up with the demands of the course.

Support and provisions

  • Appropriate revision guides with work-books are available for all students.
  • Additional support is given to prepare for speaking assessments through 1:1 and group work.
  • Comprehensive ICT programmes and weblinks are used for independent learning and to support class and homework.
  • Subscriptions are available for authentic listening and reading material.
  • Opportunities are available for a residential language trip to France.



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