These courses introduce students to much of the basic vocabulary and grammar of French or that is required for success at GCSE. Students are taught a variety of language-learning skills through individual, pair and group work, and learn through games and music, as well as through more traditional activities. As they progress, they build and improve on their own understanding of the workings of the language.

The GCSE course assesses the following skills: Speaking, Reading, Listening and Writing. Topics include holidays, free time, TV and films, ICT, family and home, town and environment, school and the world of work. During the course we use both textbooks AQA French GCSE Higher textbook and Kerboodle. Students will also watch and listen to films and music in Target Language and complete vocabulary work using ICT. Students in year 10 will complete most of their Controlled Assessments so that they can be prepared for the Speaking and Listening final exams in year 11.

Every year we also support students who come to us already competent in another modern language. If competent, students may take GCSE in German, Polish, Italian, Urdu, Bengali, and in any other language where a GCSE examination is possible.