Language skills are in demand as the work place is becoming increasingly globalised.  Learning a language can compliment a variety of careers as well as developing essential communication skills.

Entry Requirements

A GCSE in French at Grade C or above is essential, although a Grade B is desirable.

How the course is taught:

We use a variety of resources including the core course textbook, supplementary grammar resources, interactive websites, foreign films, songs and literature. Students are encouraged to speak in French for the majority of lessons to improve fluency.

What areas are covered by the course?

Year 1

Media (TV, advertising, new technologies); Popular Culture (film, music, fashion); Healthy Living (sports, health and well-being, holidays); Family and Personal Relationships

Year 2

Environment (pollution, energy, protection of the planet); The Multicultural Society (immigration, integration, racism); Contemporary Social Problems (poverty, public order, science and technology). Students then cover two cultural topics of their choice, for example foreign cinema, a Francophone country, French literature.

How is the course assessed?

At the end of Year 13 students will have one exam which assesses Listening, Reading and Writing. Students have control of the listening so they can rewind as many times as they need and they will also do a Speaking Exam with their teacher, which will be recorded and submitted to the exam board for marking.

Career Opportunities

There are a vast number of careers in which languages are vital or a distinct advantage such as Translation and Interpretation, Foreign Journalism, International Law, International Business and Marketing and Teaching at both primary and secondary levels.