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Welcome To The French Department


In our every changing world, the ability to communicate in another language is more important than ever.
French is the official language of 33 countries and is the only language, other than English, spoken as a native language on five continents. It is one of the official working languages of many international organisations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organisation as well as becoming increasingly important in business.

Research shows that learning a second language boosts problem-solving, critical-thinking and listening skills in addition to improving memory concentration and the ability to multi-task.

French Department: Aims

We as a department aim to:

  • be equipped with the skills required for life beyond school

  • gain insight into another culture and a way of life

  • discover a world of opportunities which can be accessed through learning a language

  • appreciate our shared interests and cultural similarities but also show respect and tolerance for our differences.

French Department: Subject Overview

Key Stage 3

Year 8

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Key Stage 3

Year 9

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Key Stage 3

Year 10

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Key Stage 4

What will I study?

You will study a range of topics in three Contexts for Learning:

• Identity, Lifestyle and Culture;
• Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest; and
• School Life, Studies and the World of Work.


The four units are each worth 25% of the overall GCSE


French Department: Careers

Employees who have a qualification in a foreign language such as French typically earn between £3000 and £9000 more per year than those without a language qualification.  French can be used to work in almost all employment sectors but some of the most common are listed below:

  • translator/interpreter

  • teacher (either in the UK or abroad)

  • immigration or custom services

  • software engineer or programmer

  • hotel and tourism industries

  • media, film and television

  • journalism

  • business and marketing

  • beauty and hairdressing

  • transport and logistics

French Department:

Educational Visits & Trips

French Department: Gallery

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