French

Why study French?

French is one of the major global languages and is spoken on five continents in over forty countries. Speaking French will open up the world to you for education, career and leisure opportunities.

  • Leading universities such as University College London require a foreign language GCSE as part of their admission policy
  • Enhance your employment opportunities in the global economy. French is widely spoken on five continents by around 130 million people. This opens the doors to many jobs.
  • French is the official working language of the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, The International Red Cross and The International Olympic Committee among others.
  • Learning French together with History or Geography will help you gain the EBac qualification, which opens doors to the best sixth forms and colleges in the country.
  • Graduates with a foreign language on their C.V. earn more money on average.
  • 75% of employers want language skills!
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What does it prepare me for in the future?

French can be continued at A Level in the Sixth Form, and then at University or College. There are numerous dual subject courses available at 18+, combining French with a wide variety of other subjects. Opportunities for employment exist within travel and tourism, commerce, secretarial, interpreting, translation and many other spheres. Good communication skills are highly valued by employers, and a qualification in French fulfils this criteria.

What will I learn?

In Year 10 we cover themes such as: discussing our lifestyle, health, diet, temptations with alcohol and smoking, relationships and choices, free time, media and holidays. In Year 11 we study the world of work, education, future plans and environmental issues.

What skills will I acquire?

The course will enable pupils to:-

  • develop their ability to use language effectively for purposes of communication
  • form a sound basis of the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure and to provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation
  • offer positive insights into the culture and civilisation of French speaking countries and to encourage a sympathetic approach to other nationalities
  • promote learning skills of a more general application e.g. analysis, memorising, drawing of inferences, recognition of attitudes and emotions, summarising, reporting and explaining
  • access reference materials including dictionaries and information technology to promote independence in language learning.
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How is it assessed?

Two examinations in listening and reading at the end of Y11 at Foundation or Higher Level 20% each
  • Two controlled assessments in writing and speaking during the course
30% each skill