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French is an academic subject that opens doors, broadens the mind and offers an insight into other countries and cultures.  In our multi-cultural society there’s never been a better time to learn a foreign language such as French.  The main benefits of learning a language are: enhanced job opportunities/salary and improves your CV, improves opportunities for sixth form and higher education, improves memory and brain function – allowing you to perform better in other academic subjects.  You also improve your English -Learning a foreign language draws your focus to the mechanics of language: grammar, conjugations, and sentence structure.  This makes you more aware of language, and the ways it can be structured and manipulated.  These skills can make you a more effective writer and help improve your English GCSE grade.

Mr Prentice, Lead Learner of Modern Foreign Languages.

KS3 Subject Information - Year 7

All students study three terms of Spanish, either terms 1-3 or 4-6.

Students who complete Spanish in Terms 1-3 then switch to French for Terms 4-6 and vice-versa.

  • Topic 1 - Talking about myself and others
  • Topic 2 -  School life
  • Topic 3 - My family

KS3 Subject Information - Year 8 & Year 9

Year 8

Term 1 Media

Term 2 Tourism

Term 3 My Identity

Term 4 Where I live

Term 5 My talents

Term 6 French Speaking world


Year 9

Term 1 Social Media

Term 2 Healthy Living

Term 3 Jobs

Term 4 Holidays

Term 5 Social Issues

Term 6 Revision/Begin GCSE course

Year 10 and Year 11 subject Information

Pupils study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

  • Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
  • Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
  • Topic 3: Free-time activities
  • Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Topic 2: Social issues
  • Topic 3: Global issues
  • Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

  • Topic 1: My studies
  • Topic 2: Life at school/college
  • Topic 3: Education post-16
  • Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions

How the course is assessed?

The GCSE consists of 4 units: Writing 25%, Speaking 25%, Reading 25% and Listening 25%.  These components are all taken at the end of this linear course. 

Job Opportunities

Business, charity work, media engineering, museums and libraries, public administration, teaching, tourism, transport and logistics.

GCSE French - Course Information