This subject is part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.
Studying a language is a central feature of the IB and an excellent preparation for careers in an increasingly globalised world. GCSE linguists have the opportunity to continue their studies of French at SL and for those considering languages at university, HL study is available. For the non-GCSE language students or for those seeking to learn a new language, the Ab Initio (from beginning) SL course is an excellent introduction to a new language covering the basics through topics such as family and friends, work and leisure, and town and country living. Residential visits are available at all levels to help develop speaking skills and to provide valuable cultural insights, with recent visits including Paris, Berlin and Madrid.
You will be assessed both internally and externally in reading, writing, and speaking.
At Higher Level, this course is an ideal preparation for university study in French, modern languages, classics, European studies or international business/law. In the global era, knowledge of a foreign language offers a clear advantage in any career.
For Higher level, you must have achieved a 9 or 7 in GCSE French. Standard Level requires a 6 grade or above. It is also essential to have an interest in the current affairs and cultures of French-speaking countries.