Staffing French subject photo

Mrs P Hunniford 

(Head of Department)
Dr M Beirne

Miss R Cardwell
Miss B Richardson
Mrs R Stevens

Mrs G Hamilton

Mrs J Wilson

Subject Overview

Pupils develop skills in the following areas:-

Reading          – understanding articles in the target language and responding accordingly.

Speaking        – communicating appropriately in the target language.

Listening        – making sense of what one hears and responding appropriately.

Writing           – communicating ideas through written accounts.

Key Stage 3

French is a compulsory subject at Key Stage 3 and optional at Key Stages 4 and 5.

The approach to language learning and teaching emphasises the use of language as a practical tool for communication.

Pupils in Years 8-10 follow the Tricolore Total course, which focuses on the 4 skill areas of:

  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Writing

The teaching programme covers five 35-minute lessons in Years 8, three in Year 9 and three in Year 10.

Key Stage 4

Pupils in Years 11 and 12 continue with Tricolore Total which further develops the above skills in 3 main context areas:

  • The Individual
  • Citizenship
  • Employability

The teaching programme covers five 35-minute periods.  Pupils are entered for GCSE with CCEA, mainly at higher tier, in Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing.

Click here to go to the CCEA Key Stage 4 Specification

Key Stage 5

At AS and A2 Level pupils follow the CCEA specification which continues to develop the 4 skills of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

There are eight 35-minute lessons and in addition each pupil meets with the French assistant weekly for conversation practice.

There are 2 units at AS Level and 2 units at A2 Level.

At AS level the Contexts for Learning are:

  • Relationships
  • Health and Lifestyle

Young People in Society

Click here to go to the CCEA Key Stage 5 Specification

Career Opportunities

An increasing number of degree courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, engineering and law are looking for students with a breadth of knowledge.

Many express a particular interest in candidates with the required science background at ‘A’ level coupled with a further rigorous academic subject.

A modern language can meet these demands and enhance the possibility of a placement abroad as part of a degree course.

Although especially useful for jobs in business, management, travel and tourism, language skills are an essential part of professional life in general and are relevant to a wide range of varied professions.

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