French

Why should I study this subject?

The French curriculum intends to deepen a curiosity and love of languages and other cultures, as well as develop an advanced understanding of how languages work. Through a focus on both culture and communication, we aim to foster a passion for exploring a foreign language and comparing it to our own. Language learning provides an insight into others’ countries and cultures and thus widens our intellectual horizons and promotes social mobility. We aim to broaden students’ knowledge and skills beyond the subject specification, exposing them to as much authentic material as possible. We aim to challenge our students to achieve a high level of communicative competence, thus not only developing literacy skills but also strengthening students’ resilience and problem-solving skills.

Through studying French students will see the benefits of travelling the world and will be offered the opportunity to visit and have first-hand experience of family life in France, therefore ensuring they have the skills to communicate and have meaningful and life changing experience.

What will I study ?
In Year 12 and Year 13, students will study topics from a range of political, social and cultural themes, for example schooling in the French speaking world, French TV, the French Revolution or New Wave cinema.

In Year 12 students will study a French film and in Year 13 at least one novel or play. There will also be a study topic of individual choice in Year 13 to prepare for the oral examination. Throughout this time students will develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through comprehension, speaking practice (including small group sessions), grammatical exercises and translation from English into French and French into English.

What are the entry requirements?
Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.