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French at Nendrum College

Time allocation per week at KS3: 3 lessons - 1 hour 45 minutes per week


Key Stage 3


Topics include:

Year 8: 
                   School life
                   Self, family and pets
                   House and home

Year 9:
                   Going places
                   My town
                   Leisure activities
                   Daily Routine
                   Countries, languages and nationalities

Year 10:
                  Weather and Seasons
                  Food and Drink



All pupils at Nendrum College study French to KS3 after which they have the option to continue their studies to GCSE.  We believe that through language learning our pupils are given the chance not only to improve their communication skills but also increase their self-confidence, while at the same time building an appreciation of other countries and cultures.


Key Stage 4


GSCE examining board: OCR

Components covered at GCSE

  • A01  Listening (20%)     Completed at the end of Year 12
  • A02  Speaking (30%)      2 Controlled Assessments completed in Year 12
  • A03  Reading (20%)       Completed at the end of Year 12
  • A04  Writing (30%)        2 Controlled Assessments completed in Year 12
* Pupils can sit a combination of Foundation and Higher Tier Papers*

Why choose French as a GCSE?

If you enjoy communicating with other people, finding out how a language works and learning about different countries and cultures, GCSE French is an excellent choice for you.  You will learn many skills which are useful in a wide range of career paths.  Many employers and higher education providers seek people who speak a foreign language.  GCSE French builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired at KS3.  Classes are still engaging and interactive but topics are covered in more detail.

Our GCSE pupils are partnered with a school in Bordeaux and each pupil communicates with their e-pal in the Target Language regularly throughout their GCSE course.  Pupils from Bordeaux recently visited the school and pupils from the College were fortunate to meet their pen pals.  
Picture 1 (Nendrum and Bordeaux pupils)
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