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Stratford Girls' Grammar School Stratford-Upon-Avon


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7 in French 
(GCSE Level)

Aims of the course 

  • To develop an understanding of French in a variety of contexts.
  • To develop a knowledge of the vocabulary and structures of the language.
  • To develop transferable language learning skills.
  • To develop the ability to communicate effectively in the language.
  • To develop awareness and understanding of countries and communities where the language is spoken.
  • To offer enjoyment, a sense of achievement and intellectual stimulation.

What will I learn? 

Among the many benefits, A-Level in a Modern Foreign Language is designed to encourage you to:

  • Develop the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE level and therefore use French/German/Spanish in a wide range of contexts
  • Gain a useful insight into another culture and reflect on various aspects of contemporary society
  • Enhance their employment prospects, facilitate foreign travel and experience the enjoyment and motivation of improving their linguistic level.


  • Students benefit from approximately ten hours of teaching every two weeks in addition to a conversation lesson with a language assistant from the beginning of October until May.
  • The Modern Foreign Language Department has a language Laboratory equipped with the latest technology and resources to support the independent learning of our students.
  • Our A-level students can also take advantage of a range of reading and listening resources to maximise their learning.
  • You will also study a film and a text in the language you are studying.

Future Opportunities 

An A-level in a Modern Foreign Language is an asset which is very highly prized by higher education institutions and by employers. According to the CiLT – the National Centre for Languages - 
  • 60% of UK trade is with non-English speaking countries
  • Customers addressed in their mother tongue are three times more likely to buy

Student Focus: Holly

“Having a language is a really useful tool and serves as a great platform for opportunities that might otherwise have been unavailable.”

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Why did you choose French?

I have enjoyed French from when I first started learning it at primary school, and I took a particular interest at GCSE. It made sense to go on to take it at A-level and I'm really glad I made that decision.  We learn a more complex and sophisticated vocabulary which is very useful for everyday discussion, as well as conversational French.

Does it have any impact on your other chosen subjects?

Absolutely.  I take Chemistry and Maths, and whilst French might seem irrelevant to these subjects, it has been a fantastic asset as it has helped me become a more confident and eloquent speaker.  Similarly, working on the grammatical structures has helped with my analytical techniques which will be extremely valuable when I go on to study Chemistry and university.