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French at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

Studying French offers the opportunity to learn more about the culture and people of France, as well as developing your language skills. You will enhance your ability to understand, speak and write in French whilst studying topics including:
• Travel and Tourism
• Sport
• Entertainment
• Health
• Youth Culture
• Relationships

In addition to formal language lessons, you will have the opportunity to work with foreign language assistants. The approach is essentially topic based, with due emphasis placed on the key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will also have the opportunity to develop ICT skills and be given the opportunity to carry out independent research.

Entry requirements

For AS study you will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade B with a minimum of one other GCSE grade C or above.  You must have GCSE Maths and English at a grade C or above.  We would expect you to have at least a GCSE  grade B in the subject you wish to study or a closely related discipline.


FN1 20% .There is a speaking test of approximately 14 minutes, where you will talk about your studies, future plans and leisure time, in addition to two topics which you have studied.

FN2 30%..The written examination includes a variety of listening, reading and writing tasks.

FN3 20% .The speaking test lasts a maximum of 20 minutes. It normally includes discussion of a film/text and a topic based conversation.

FN4 30% .This examination involves a range of listening, reading and writing tasks

Financial information

St. Mary’s Sixth Form has a bursary scheme that supports students, who meet eligibility criteria, with the cost of attending college.

The bursary scheme is made up of 2 parts - a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable and a discretionary fund for schools to distribute. The most vulnerable are classified as:

• young people in care;

• care leavers;

• young people in receipt of Income Support;

• disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The discretionary element can be accessed via an application form and students should contact the Sixth Form office for further details. The College will consider every request for financial assistance and will endeavour to target the fund to help those students in greatest need

Future opportunities

The ability to speak French is in great demand.  With the substantial growth in multi-national companies, there are many opportunities, and even requirements, to work in a multi-lingual environment.  Languages can also be studied in conjunction with a variety of subjects at degree level.  Combining French with business, tourism, law, politics, science or computing can greatly enhance your degree.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years