Brighton College

Brighton College


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 Expo 3 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. Pupils who are native or near-native level French speakers will be assessed and if appropriate entered for GCSE in Year 9, as this gives them the opportunity to study another GCSE option subject in Years 10 and 11.


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 France. We follow the AQA syllabus at GCSE, which is assessed by four controlled assessments, each worth 15% of the total mark, and final listening and reading exams, each worth 20%. Pupils follow the AQA GCSE French Higher course and consolidate their Year 9 grammar, studying topics that initially include family life, hobbies and healthy living. The more advanced GCSE topics are studied in Year 11 and include holidays, healthy living, the environment and current affairs, and pupils learn more advanced grammar to better enable them to express themselves fluently. Towards the end of Year 11, many pupils will be laying the foundations for AS study. Pupils prepare for their written and oral controlled assessments over the course of the two years. GCSE past paper skills for listening and reading 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.