Why choose French?

Gain an in-depth knowledge of the culture and society of France and speak a foreign language fluently.

If you dream of speaking a foreign language fluently and impressively and perhaps even working abroad, studying French will bring this ambition within your grasp and it will equip you with a variety of unique skills that will be invaluable in the future. You will become a more knowledgeable and informed person and debates and discussions in the classroom will give you a broad perspective on a wide range of issues and topics. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of France and French-speaking countries. Topics will include social issues and trends, as well as the opportunity to explore cultural themes through film or literature.

We offer a choice of homework activities to develop your cultural interests and language skills at your own pace. There are native Foreign Language Assistants working in the Modern Languages department who are available to help and support you with small group conversation work. We also run a peer mentoring scheme. A French Society which is run by students will give you the opportunity to get involved in organising activities and events and to share your interest with other students. We also have exchanges and you will have the opportunity to spend time in France, living with a French family and to experience French culture first hand.

If you want a mix of activities in lessons and an intellectually stimulating course with a strong practical application, you will enjoy this subject. You will be amazed by the progress you can make. Experience the freedom and thrill of stepping into another culture!

Montpellier“The French exchange is something I could not recommend more - it's a wonderful opportunity to make friends and surrounding yourself in the culture and language is something you can't compare to anything else”

The course involves:

  • Lots of pair and small-group speaking practice in lessons
  • A weekly conversation class in a small group with a Foreign Language Assistant
  • Working in the language lab at a pace to suit you
  • Writing in different styles
  • Reading newspaper and magazine articles
  • Watching films and the daily news
  • Debating contemporary topics and social issues
  • Researching on the internet
  • Choosing from a huge range of resources to practise your skills and extend your interests at your own pace
  • Reading and discussing literature.

“I love studying French because it gives you the opportunity to throw yourself into another culture at the same time as learning a really valuable skill. At Hills Road, you constantly find yourself improving and you're given the chance to discuss important issues in our society in another language. The French exchange is something I could not recommend more – another opportunity to make friends and immerse yourself in the culture and language.”

Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade B in French