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Group Two IB French SL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School

Course description

Course Outline:


The Language B course is designed for students with previous experience of a language, for example a GCSE or equivalent. Students have the opportunity to reach a high degree of competence, and to explore the cultures of countries in which the language is spoken.


Building on the vocabulary and language structures they have already acquired, students will develop confidence in the use of the language, an ability to communicate their ideas in a clear and structured way, and to express themselves appropriately according to the audience and context (e.g. formal letter, newspaper articles, reports, diaries, web pages). In addition, Higher Level students will study a range of literary texts and extracts, read texts at a more demanding level and complete writing tasks that are longer and at a higher level.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.


Assessment comprises:


  • a reading/text-handling paper
  • a writing paper
  • a written assignment
  • two speaking activities (individual oral, group discussion).


Listening skills are assessed in the context of the group discussion (there is no specific listening exam). Writing is assessed in a final written exam and the written assignment.


Students will need a genuine interest in extending their study of a modern language, the curiosity to find out about other ways of life and thinking, and the capacity for learning new ideas and information. Successful students will need a high level of self-motivation and will enjoy the challenge of developing a broad view of international culture along with a good level of linguistic fluency. They will enjoy studying a variety of texts, concepts and topics, and discussing them at a high level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years