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French B International Baccalaureate group 2 subject at Dane Court Grammar School

Course description

Students following language B course will be expected to have studied the relevant language successfully to GCSE level. The higher level course also aims to prepare students for the study of French in Higher Education. Therefore, the aim of the French B course at Dane Court is to equip students with the skills needed to communicate effectively, and spontaneously, in the target language. To promote this, the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be regularly practised so that students develop their ability to both understand, and use, the spoken and written word. Learning a language is intellectually stimulating and we aim to promote the enjoyment of language learning.  We also aim to raise students' awareness of the links between languages and different cultures. 

Course content

At the heart of the courses are the three central elements of language, texts and cultural awareness. Students will be able to recognize, understand and produce a number of different types of texts to suit specific social and linguistic purposes. 

Identities - health and wellbeing, beliefs and values
Experiences - leisure, customs and traditions.
Human ingenuity - communicationand media, science and technology.
Social organization - social relationships, education and the world of work.
Sharing the planet - the environment, globalization.
At higher level two works of literature are also studied. 

Entry requirements

General entry requirements:

International Baccalaureate Diploma:  6 x grade 6 and 2 x grade 5  at GCSE or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme:  3 x grade 6 and 2 x grade 5  at GCSE or equivalent.


Students will be assessed on their understanding of three interrelated areas: language, cultural interaction and message.
The higher level course is assessed in the April/May of the second year of the course.  
Formal assessment includes external examinations and internal assessment, as follows:
External assessment:
  • Paper I: Writing (25%)
  • Paper 2: Recetive skills
  • Listening comprehension
  • Reading comprehension (50%)
Internal Assessment:
  • Individual oral (25%)

Further information

This course is offered as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, or as part of the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme.


The International Baccalaureate Diploma

The IB Diploma is made up of six subject groups together with a core comprising of three parts. 

Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups.  Three of these subjects are studied at higher level and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level.  Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5.  However, instead of a group 6 subject, a candidate may select an additional subject from groups 2 to 4.

The three core requirements are the extended essay, theory of knowledge, and creativity, action, service.


The International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme

The IB Career-Related Programme aims to provide a curriculum for students that will equip them for further education and also the world of work.  It combines the academic rigour and principles of the IB with well-established vocational qualifications and a unique ‘core’ course.

The IB Career-Related Programme is made up of:

A vocational course worth 2 A levels

Two IB subjects at standard level

A ‘core’ comprising:

·         Approaches to Learning

·         Reflective Project

·         Community in service

·         Basic language skills

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: 12 November 2018
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