Why study French?

French is a very useful language for work and pleasure in later life. The ability to speak and understand a foreign language is an important part of a person’s overall education. They might need to travel to another country or communicate with other nationalities in any aspect of work. It is therefore useful for most careers, but especially in the travel and tourism industry, international business, foreign office, finance, technology, journalism and teaching.

GCSE French helps students develop their language skills in a variety of contexts and broadens their understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. It encourages enjoyment of language learning and the recognition that language skills enable students to take their place in a multi-lingual global society.


What is involved?

The GCSE course covers three distinct themes as well as related sub-topics. These themes apply to all four skills. Students are expected to understand and provide information and opinions relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where French is spoken. Students sit their examinations at the end of the GCSE course in Year 11 in all four skills. Each paper counts for 25% of the overall marks. The main themes studied are:

• Identity and culture

• Local, national, international and global areas of interest

• Current and future study, and employment



Mrs Fiona Temple-Smith

Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Fiona is passionate about providing an aspirational, engaging and inclusive curriculum; one that encourages intellectual curiosity, enhanced 
communicative skills, confidence, independence, risk-taking and resilience, thereby developing lifelong learning skills. She firmly believes that 
embedding these 21st Century skills gives our students the tools they need to succeed in our ever-evolving world.






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