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Dr M Beirne (Head of department)

Mrs L Clarke

Miss D Haughey

Mr P Kane

Ms A McGowan

Ms O Mezza

Mrs J Mulholland

Mr P Fretigny

Key Stage 3


Students choose 2 Languages in Year 8 from a choice of French, Spanish, German and Irish that they study throughout Key Stage 3. They have three thirty-five minute periods per week in each of their two Languages in Years 8, 9 and 10. We use Pearson Accès Studio (Year 8), Studio 1 (Years 8 and 9) and Studio 2 (Year 10). These are supplemented by departmental booklets, audio-visual materials accessed online and ICT resources. We develop the fours skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, equipping pupils with the vocabulary and grammar to continue to Key Stage 4.


Key Stage 4                                           

GCSE French                                        Examination Board: CCEA


French is an optional subject at Key Stage 4. Pupils who choose this option will have five thirty-five minute periods per week which build on the knowledge and four skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing developed at Key Stage 3. Each of the four skills will be assessed at the end of Year 12 and carry an equal weighting of 25%. We use the Studio Higher textbook. Pupils will study 3 Contexts:


1. Identity, Lifestyle and Culture

2. Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest

3. School Life, Studies and the World of Work


For more information, contact the CCEA French Microsite:

Key Stage 5                                          

A Level French                                        Examination Board: CCEA


Students who have studied French at Key Stage 4 may elect to study AS or A Level French. Students who choose this subject will have nine thirty-five minute periods with their teacher and up to two periods per week with the French Language Assistant, one individual session and a small group session. Students will build on the vocabulary, grammar and skills developed in Key Stage 4.

At AS Level, students study three modules:

AS 1: Speaking (Presentation and Conversation: 11 minutes)

AS 2: Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Translation and Use of Language

AS 3: Extended Writing based on a literature text (L’Étranger) or a film (Manon des Sources)


The Contexts for Learning are:


1. Relationships

2. Culture and Lifestyle


At A2 Level, students also study three modules:

A2 1: Speaking (Discussion and Conversation: 15 minutes)

A2 2: Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Prose and Summary

A2 3: Extended Writing based on a literary text (Thérèse Desqueyroux)


The Contexts for Learning are:


1. Young People in Society

2. Our Place in a Changing World


For more information, contact the CCEA French Microsite:




Students of French have the opportunity to engage in a range of extra-curricular activities outside the classroom:

  • Onatti Theatre Productions French play

  • NICILT Francofest at QUB

  • Careers talks to promote Modern Languages at GCSE and A Level

  • All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad

  • NICILT A Level support events  

  • NICILT A Level French Debates at QUB

  • Year 13 and 14 biennial French Exchange

  • Around the world club


University Opportunities: Language and Literature Degrees, Combined Degrees, Study Abroad Programs, Linguistics, Translation and Interpretation.

Career Opportunities: Translation and Interpretation, Education, International Business, Diplomacy and International Relations, Travel and Tourism, Media and Publishing, Cultural and Heritage Institutions, Law, Hospitality.

French A-Level is a versatile qualification that can enhance your educational and career opportunities in a wide range of fields. Proficiency in French is a valuable asset in our increasingly globalised world.

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