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Brighton College

Brighton College

French

French lessons in the Senior School enable pupils to develop their speaking and listening skills whilst learning about the structure of the French language. Studying French also gives our pupils a life-long skill, whether it is for business or for pleasure. In our ever more globalised society, the need for communication skills and cultural understanding is greater than ever.

Year 9 

During Year 9 we follow the Allez course to allow pupils to study topics such as hobbies, healthy living and future plans. The main focus is on building confidence when writing and speaking, and on developing a solid grasp of the past, present and future tenses.

GCSE

GCSE French, studied over two years in Years 10 and 11, is a very varied course which provides pupils with the vocabulary and linguistic tools they will need for everyday situations in the Francophone world. We follow the AQA syllabus at GCSE, which is assessed by four final examinations, each worth 25% of the total. Pupils follow the AQA GCSE French Higher course and consolidate their Year 9 grammar, studying topics that initially include relationships with family and friends, technology and social media, free-time activities, customs and festivals, home, town and region, charity work, healthy living, environment, poverty, holidays, school, university and careers. The more advanced GCSE topics and grammar are studied in Year 11. Towards the end of Year 11, many pupils will be laying the foundations for AS study. GCSE past paper skills are built into lessons over the course of the two years so that pupils are confident in these papers by the end of Year 11.