GCSE in French
Why study this subject?
Studying a language will improve all communication skills, which are the foundations of future career success. Colleges, universities and employers all value a language qualification due to the expansion of the European Union. Many universities are now offering joint degrees, such as French with Law or French with Philosophy. By studying a modern foreign language you will have a greater choice of career pathways in Britain and abroad. In this global world, if you can communicate in other languages, the more valuable you are as an employee. French will be one of the leading languages in the global economy over the next twenty years.
What will I learn?
You will learn to speak, read, write and understand what people are saying to you in French. It is great fun to go to France and practise what you have learnt in school. Learning a language requires hard work and commitment. You will be supported to achieve your best in this subject.
How will I be taught?
From Year 9 you will follow the Expo GCSE course, and learning is further supported with textbooks, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations and television programmes. The French Foreign Language Assistant at the Academy will help you develop your speaking skills.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course is assessed through examinations and controlled assessments.
What qualification shall I obtain at the end of the course?
At the end of the course you will gain a GCSE in French.
What can this qualification lead to afterwards?
The skills learnt at either GCSE or beyond will enable you to take your place within a competitive workforce and display good communication skills. A qualification in any modern foreign language opens doors and commands respect, leading to higher salaries and opportunities for promotion.
French A-Level is open to candidates with a good GCSE grade and leads to many degree routes, including further study of language. French graduates find employment in business, UK and European government, engineering, financial services, media, technology, travel and tourism, the charitable sector and as teachers, interpreters and translators. However, there are many roles where languages are a complementary rather than a key skill, so young people who study French to A-level have the skills for work in business, marketing, sales, Customer Support or Consulting, Events Management, Media and Government. There are, in fact, many careers in which French would be a valuable acquisition.
How much extended learning shall I have to do?
You will be expected to complete homework at least once a week. Grammar and vocabulary learning will be on-going. For extended learning, there will be an emphasis on creativity and fluency in writing and in speaking preparation.
Where can I find out more about this qualification?
You can speak to Miss Greene or Mr Gehin. They will answer any questions and explain in detail about the content of the course.
On Friday 3rd March our Year 12 students attended a Translation Course at Warwick University. The students worked with current undergraduates in small groups to discuss and create translations which were written and performed. Also, they were able to work on their communication and presentation skills. Not only did it give them an insight into university life, but it enabled them to include this unique experience in their UCAS Personal Statements.