The ability to communicate in other languages is a great asset for work, study and leisure. Studying French at Cadbury College will allow you to improve your skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in this language. Languages are more important in today’s world than they have ever been because we live in a multilingual global society. Languages have a very solid reputation with universities and employers alike.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of five GCSEs, two at grade 6 and three at grade 4.
  • GCSE English at grade 4.
  • A  grade 7 in GCSE French is needed. Modern Foreign Languages Teaching staff may accept a lower grade in some circumstances.
    • Please click here to see grades conversions in line with the new grading system.

What will I study?

Awarding Body:

  • AQA


  • Examination - 100%

Course Content:

  • Year 1: Language and vocabulary development covering the following topics:
    • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends • The changing nature of family • The 'cyber-society' • The place of voluntary work
    • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues • Positive features of a diverse society • Life for the marginalised • How criminals are treated
    • Literary text or film: one of these will be studied in Year 1.
  • Year 2: Language and vocabulary development covering the following topics:
    • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world • A culture proud of its heritage • Contemporary francophone music • Cinema: the 7th art form
    • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? • Politics and immigration
    • Literary texts and film: a film or second book will be studied in Year 2
    • Research Project: each student prepares a different project and will present this in the Speaking exam

The grammar content is vitally important in both years and will include nearly all the tenses that exist in French as well as learning ways the French say (and think) things. Grammar is taught and learned alongside each topic.


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“I studied Spanish with English Literature and Sociology at Cadbury College, achieving grades ABB. I am now studying a 4-year degree with placement abroad in Modern Languages at University College London.”

Zoe Gaffney