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French GCSE at Grange Technology College

Course description

The main aim is for you to develop the ability to use French effectively for the purposes of practical communication. All students are encouraged to study a foreign language. As well as vocational opportunities, the study of another language can increase ones understanding of language in general and help one to understand different cultures and societies.

60% of UK companies use at least one foreign language in their business and 10% use 5 languages or more.

For further information contact Mrs I Arnett, Subject Leader

Course content

You will learn basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

COURSE CONTENT : The course is practical and covers those situations likely to be encountered in everyday life - accommodation, travel, work, pastimes, shopping, ordering food, illness - as well as being able to talk about yourself and your family and your friends.

TEACHING AND LEARNING: The teaching and learning of a language is a challenge. The key element in both teaching and learning is the use of the Target Language. You will be asked to speak and write in French and to read and listen to authentic language. The use of Information Technology is also built in to the course.

Entry requirements


You will need determination to work hard in class and at home and the willingness to develop the skills of listening, reading, speaking and especially writing.


EXAMINATIONS : There will be an end of course examination in the following skill areas:

  • Speaking - 25 %
  • Listening - 25%
  • Reading - 25%
  • Writing - 30%

Future opportunities

French is spoken world-wide and is an official languages of the EC. The ability to speak a foreign language will increase career prospects (especially if continued to GCE 'A' level). You do not need to live in France to use French in a work situation. Many firms in the UK have links with France speaking countries and many French people visit this country.

The ability to speak French will also increase opportunities in Journalism, Law and the Media. Students with a language qualification do well in all areas of Business, Engineering, Sales and Marketing, Banking and Finance, Manufacturing, Personnel and Training, Sport and Entertainment, Retailing and Leisure and Tourism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grange Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years