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GCSE French



Type of subject: Academic

This subject goes well with: Business Studies, Geography, Travel and Tourism or Law. French also helps to improve English skills as it is literacy based.

Examples of topics studied:

Future plans; education and work; customer service and transactions; media and culture; travel and tourism; sport and leisure; the environment.

Additional information:

You must have studied French for at least two years at Key Stage 3.

How is the course assessed?

This course is assessed through a final examination in Year 11. There is no coursework or controlled assessment.

You will study a wide range of topics to prepare you for the final exam, as well as studying translation skills from English to French and French to English, essay writing and conversation skills.  At the end of the two-year course, you will sit one exam that covers the core skills of writing, translating, speaking, listening and reading.

This is a good subject to choose if you want to become a businessperson, travel agent, translator, politician, diplomat, teacher, pilot, interpreter, salesperson, chalet maid, ski rep or nanny abroad. Having a language qualification will also increase your average earnings in the workplace with any job you do.

If you choose French you will get the opportunity to go on a trip to France, which will allow you to use your French in real life.

If you don’t choose this subject, you may not be able to apply to certain universities!

Who should I talk to if I want to ask about this subject?

Miss G Pavanetti