Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9


To coincide with the significant changes made at Key Stage 4, schemes of work in Key Stage 3 have been completely rewritten to follow changes to the GCSE course structure.

Each scheme of work is related to both content and grammatical structures which lead into the GCSE course.

In terms of assessment, students are continually practising the 4 skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing and at KS3, each topic’s assessment concentrates on one of these skills.  The assessments are written in a similar format to those at GCSE level.

Students have 2 lessons of French a week. 

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11


We use the AQA exam board.

Students in year 11 this year (2016-17) are studying towards the legacy GCSE course which includes 60% controlled assessment (speaking and writing), which is completed during the course, and an end of year examination worth 40% (speaking and listening).

The topics covered are:

1.   Lifestyle

2.   Leisure

3.   Work and Education

4.   Home and Environment

Following the recent reform of the Key Stage 4 curriculum, students beginning their GCSE studies in 2016 will take the new French GCSE. The changes to the course structure are substantial. Exams have returned to a more traditional format and are linear not modular.  This means all exams are at the end of the course.  Each skill area (reading, listening, speaking and writing) is worth 25% and there are no controlled assessments or coursework.

The topics covered are:

1.    Identity and culture

2.    Local, national, international and global areas of interest

3.    Current and future study and employment.

Students have 3 lessons of French a week.

Extra Curricular


The French department encourages students to get involved with extra-curricular events and enrichment activities. We runs trips abroad each year as well as to university enrichment days when the opportunities arise.

Useful Links

As part of their homework and extra revision students will sometimes need to use the internet, either for independent learning or revision.

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