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Joseph Leckie Academy

  • Leadership, Empathy, Community, Kindness, Integrity & Environment



Students studying French will work towards gaining a GCSE in French. They will continue to consolidate their basic understanding of French grammar and further extend their vocabulary based knowledge in Year 9. Students will then deepen these skills during Years 10 and 11. Speaking a foreign language is a key skill for any student wishing to go to university and it greatly improves employment potential. The course allows students to increase their global understanding, appreciate different cultures, develop their own native language ability and expand their horizons. It supports them to become well rounded individuals with excellent communication skills.


The course is aimed at developing students’ abilities in all 4 skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and prepares them for the demands of a widening world.

The course is designed to equip students with skills required for further/higher education and employment and gives them life-long tools to understand and communicate with the world around them.


The course allows progression to A Level French and supports many other qualifications. Many universities and employers value the subject as an extra skill even when not continuing with French to degree level.

Course Content

There are 6 Thematic Contexts

  • My Personal World
  • Lifestyle and Wellbeing
  • My Neighbourhood
  • Media and Technology
  • Studying and My Future
  • Travel and Tourism

These themes will be covered across the three years. Many thematic contexts overlap to ensure repetition of key vocabulary and grammar to support student progress.


Speaking exams will be internally conducted by their own teacher but externally assessed.

The students will be externally examined on the reading, writing and listening aspects of the subject. These skills will be tiered.

Each of the 4 skills are worth 25% of the whole GCSE.