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Subject Overview

Pupils study the French Language from Year 8 until GCSE. During study, pupils learn Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening skills through a wide variety of activities and resources.  Pupils have the opportunity to practise their skills with their peers, our French Language assistant and interactive activities with French Speaking partner schools.

Key Stage 3

Year 8 - Topics studied

  • Introducing yourself

  • The Alphabet

  • Numbers

  • Days of The Week

  • Months

  • Birthdays

  • School

  • Likes and Dislikes

  • Hobbies

  • Colours

  • Animals

  • Family

  • Countries

  • Food

  • The Weather

Head of Department

Mrs S Haddad


Year 9 - Topics studied

  • Likes and Dislikes

  • Descriptions

  • Friends

  • School

  • The Time

  • Celebrations

  • Technology

  • Sport

  • Home

  • Holidays

Year 10 - Topics studied

  • TV/Cinema

  • Reading

  • Technology

  • Pastimes

  • Holidays

  • Personality

  • Friends

  • Style

  • Home

  • Food

  • Festivals

  • ambitions

  • French-Speaking Countries

Key Stage 3 Extra Curricular Activities/Trips/Industry links


Year 9 Paris Trip

Key Stage 4


Why Study the Subject

Languages are really important in today’s world and develop great skills for the rest of your life. As well as the language, you also learn about culture and lifestyle of foreign countries, such as food, school life, travel, sports, customs and traditions, famous people, and the list goes on. More than 300 million people speak French on the five continents and French is also the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world. It is the second most useful language in the world for Business and is both a working language and official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. French is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are headquartered: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.  French is a good base for learning other languages such as Spanish, Italian, Portuguese as well as English, since a significant percentage of English vocabulary is derived from French. Finally, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful language which is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking. There are plenty of good reasons to study French! GCSE is the beginning of that adventure.

Assessment structure

CCEA GCSE is exam-based.

There are four exams:

  • Writing

  • Speaking

  • Reading

  • Listening

Each exam is worth 25% of the GCSE.

Year 11 - Topics studied

  • Self

  • family and friends

  • free time

  • leisure and daily routine

  • social media and new technology

  • local area and the wider environment

  • customs and festivals

  • studies and school life

Year 12 - Topics studied

  • Part-time jobs and money management

  • work experience

  • travel and tourism

  • social and global issues


Employability/job opportunities/further study


  • Teaching

  • Translating

  • Law

  • Journalism

  • Travel and Tourism

  • Interpreting

  • International Business

Key Stage 4 Extra Curricular Activities/Trips/Industry links


As part of Study students watch French Films, listen to French music and try out French recipes, menus, websites and news channels.


St Mary's High School, Newry

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