MFL Curriculum


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources, including target language literary texts & films.
  • Are able to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and that they are continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
  • Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
  • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

Years 9, 10


What will I learn?
GCSE French is split into three themes;
– Identity and Culture,
– Local, national, international and global areas of interest and
– Current and future study and employment.
Within each of these topics you will learn about the culture of Francophone countries as well as looking at literature and films. Many of the topics build on what you will have already learned at KS3. Grammar is a key focus throughout GCSE French and this is taught in each of the topics with regular recaps in every lesson.

How will I learn?
In every lesson you will have the opportunity to develop at least two out of the four skill areas; reading, writing, speaking and listening. In lessons you might work independently, in pairs, in groups or as part of the whole class. You will receive homework every week in French and this may cover any one of the four skill areas. You will also get the opportunity to work with short extracts from French literature as well as looking at films. We are very keen to make learning as engaging as possible. It’s not all about using a textbook!

How will I be assessed?
Listening Exam: 35 min (Foundation) or 45 min (Higher) [25% of GCSE]
Speaking Exam: 7-9 min (Foundation) or 10-12 min (Higher) [25% of GCSE]
Reading Exam: 45 min (Foundation) or 1 hour (Higher) [25% of GCSE]
Writing Exam: 1 hour (Foundation) or 1h15m (Higher) [25% of GCSE]

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
You may choose to continue studying into Sixth Form and beyond. Many universities will offer French as a single subject or as part of another degree. Whether you choose university or not success in a foreign language will be valued by any employer. Languages show you can communicate effectively, you have a logical thought process and you are a problem solver.

Years 12, 13

QUALIFICATION: A-Level French (7652)

Why study French?
In this course you will continue to develop the linguistic skills from GCSE alongside your understanding of the culture and society of countries where French is spoken. French A-level is valued by universities and employers alike as it not only demonstrates your ability in the language but also your appreciation of a different culture.

What will I learn?
There are four key areas in A-Level French:
• Social issues and trends
• Political and artistic culture
• Grammar
• Literary texts and films
Within each of these areas there are many sub-topics which are up to date with what is happening in French speaking countries now.

How will I learn?
Learning will be focussed on each topic with grammar being integral to learning. Authentic materials will be used wherever possible in order to keep you focussed on what is happening in real life. You will also have access to many materials online so you can work independently outside of the classroom. Homework will be set at least two times a week as well as students being expected to develop their own awareness of current issues in France through independent study.

How will I be assessed?
Paper 1 – Listening, reading and writing 2hrs 30min [50% of A-Level]
Paper 2 – Writing 2 hrs [20% of A-Level]
Paper 3 – Speaking 30 minutes [30% of A-Level]

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9 – 4 (or equivalent) including English and Maths and at least grade 5 in GCSE French.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
A-Level French is a highly respected subject and will be valued by any employer or on a university application. It will complement almost any subject or career because of the skills and thought processes you develop along the way. Languages can be studied as a single subject at university or combined with many other subjects. Linguistic competence in French may well be the springboard to study a new language.