French is a beautiful, rich, melodious language and learning to speak and use it fluently is invaluable and enjoyable. You will gain a highly respected qualification and at the same time develop the skill of communicating fluently in a language that is spoken all over the world, not just in France. Studying grammar enables you to understand how the language really works so that you can express your opinions spontaneously, rather than by learning phrases by heart, and studying the cultures and topical issues of the French-speaking world will help you understand the similarities and differences between the English and French languages and their peoples. Research shows that this subject develops your confidence and personal communication skills as well as your problem solving, creative and critical thinking skills, all of which give you an edge in the job market.
Social issues and trendsTheme 1: Changes in French society
I enjoyed studying French at GCSE and wanted to continue as I felt that it had only really given me a beginner level knowledge of the language, whereas I wanted to get a more in-depth understanding. I have particularly enjoyed studying a wide range of topics, such as history, literature and politics to gain an immersive understanding of not just the language but also the culture.Fiona Picchetti-Geoffroy ex Patcham High School