Languages are important as  they enable students to discover other cultures and have a deeper understanding of their own language.

“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.” Geoffrey Willans

Learning a language also helps students with their communication skills and improves memory.

“A different language is a different vision of life.” Frederico Fellini


Year 7:  students learn the basics so that they can talk about themselves, their families, their school and their hobbies. Students practise all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Year 8:  students begin to speak in different tenses so that they can talk about past holidays and events as well as future plans.

Year 9:  students consolidate everything they have learned in Years 7 and 8, and explore the topics of clothes and shopping, entertainment and clothes/shopping.



This is a two-year GCSE course. All assessments will take place in year 11. Students can sit for foundation papers, giving access to grades 1-5; or for the higher papers, giving access to grades 4-9.

Exam – Each paper is 25% of the total grade.

  • Paper 1 – Listening (35 mins at Foundation, 45 mins at Higher)
  • Paper 2 – Speaking (12 mins preparation, 7-9 mins at Foundation, 10-12 mins at Higher)
  • Paper 3 – Reading (45 mins at Foundation, 1 hour at Higher)
  • Paper 4 – Writing (1 hour at Foundation, 1.15 at Higher)


Theme 1: Identity & Culture

 Topic 1: Me, My Family and Friends
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage/partnership
Topic 2:  Technology in Everyday Life
  • Social media
  • Mobile technology
Topic 3: Free-time activities
  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport
Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-peaking countries/communities

Theme 2: Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest

Local, national, international and global areas of interest cover the following four topics, with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Home, town neighborhood and region
Topic 2: Social issues
  • Charity/voluntary work
  • Healthy/unhealthy living
Topic 3: Global issues
  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness
Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and Future Study and Employment

Current and future study and employment covers the following four topics:

Topic 1: My studies
Topic 2: Life at school/college
Topic 3: Education post-16
Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions