Key Stage 4

There is a growing trend in business and industry that in order for young people to be successful in today’s society they must have a high level of language skills.

Students who opt for French at GCSE will have the opportunity to acquire these skills in a major world language, extensively spoken in the western world in at leas t 40 countries.

Choosing French at GCSE gives students the chance to develop their knowledge of this language and also allows them to improve general communication skills, important in any job involving working with other people. The assessment covers four areas: Speaking coursework (30%), Writing coursework (30%), Listening exam (20%) and Reading exam (20%), in topic areas such as talking about your life and future plans, discussing holidays and new technology. You will broaden your knowledge of the language through topics and activities relevant to the interests of a young person in society.

French has particularly strong links with Spanish and Italian but it will help you develop memory and linguistic strategies to tackle any other language in the future.

You can only take this course if you studied French in Year 9.

Year 10

In Year 10 Students start their GCSE course.  The course from 2016 onwards is assessed by 100% examination at the end of Year 11 and is split into 4 areas:  Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.  We follow the AQA course in all three languages, where students are expected to speak and write fluently about the following topics in the target language:

Autumn term: Me, my family and friends and my relationships with others, Free-time activities including media, food and eating out.

Spring term: Home, town, neighbourhood and region.

Summer term: Social issues, health, global issues and the environment.

Year 11

In the current academic year of 2016/2017, all Year 11 students will take their controlled assessments in the final topic areas.  Through the course of the year they will complete at least one extra speaking assessment in the autumn term and a written assessment in the spring term.  The summer term is dedicated to revision of the course and exam practise.

From 2017/2018 students will continue with their studies from Year 10 studying the following topic areas up until the end of the spring term, with the summer term dedicated to revision of the course and exam practise:

My life at school, my studies, post 16 education, jobs, career choices and ambitions. Exam Practise.