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An introduction to French
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Renault, L’Oréal, Renoir, David Guetta, YSL, Daft Punk, Monet, Lacoste, Dior, Peugeot, Louis Vuitton, Edith Piaf, Lancôme, Brie, Champagne, Citröen, croissants … all from France! Being able to speak, understand, read and write French will help you immerse yourself in this wonderful culture. As well as being fun, and giving you a sense of real achievement, learning to communicate fluently in French can open out so many career opportunities to you. Bilborough College offers lessons to build your fluency and confidence, one-to-one conversational practice with our French assistant, and use of our specialist Sanako Language Lab so you can work independently on your speaking and listening. Here in the French department we like to think our students are not only learning a language, but nurturing a life-long skill.

To study French at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade 5 or above in English GCSE, grade 4 in Maths GCSE, and more importantly, a minimum higher tier grade 6 in French.

Our links with HE

Many of our students go on to study French at university, either as single honours or alongside another subject. A language combines increasingly well with other studies – for example many Science-related degree courses now offer students the opportunity to work in labs overseas. Similarly, some Law courses allow students to take options in European law and pursue placements abroad. Many French A-level students find it helps them get their university place or opens doors to their future careers. Employers will very often value your skills as a former language student.

Course Structure

We follow the Eduqas exam board and this course provides a transition from GCSE, improving your fluency and confidence in French. Topics include ‘Families and Citizenship’, ‘Youth Trends and Personal Identity’, ‘Education and Employment Opportunities’, ‘Regional Culture and Heritage’ and ‘Media, Art, Film and Music’. You also explore your individual interests through French film and literature. We will study some fantastic French films and read a book in French to really give you a feel for the language and the culture.

Your lessons will give you opportunities to practise listening, reading, speaking and writing French and we’ll cover a wide base of grammar. As well as four and a half hours of formal teaching a week you will have 20 minutes with our French assistant to help boost your confidence in speaking French. You’ll also get the chance to take part in our annual French Exchange; we have links with a college in Bordeaux. The week of the exchange will include a day in a French school with your exchange partner, a three-day work experience placement in a local nursery or primary school, and days out with your host family or other Bilborough Sixth Form College students.


Over 200 million people speak French over five continents. The Francophonie, the international organisation of French-speaking countries, comprises 68 states and governments. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the ninth most widely spoken language in the world.

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