This subject is part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.
GCSE linguists have the opportunity to continue their studies of French at Standard Level and for those considering languages at university Higher Level study is available. For the non-GCSE language students or for those seeking to learn a new language the Ab Initio (from beginning) Standard Level 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; recent visits have included Paris.
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.