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Leaving Certificate French

The senior French programme aims at providing the students with the communication skills to allow them to participate in everyday interactions in a francophone country or with the francophone community at home, and to be able to engage with the language in oral, aural and written forms. It also helps students develop a broad knowledge of cultural, social and political matters of countries where French is the main language.


Course Content

The Higher Level exam is assessed as follows:

  • Aural comprehension - 80 marks (20%)

  • Reading comprehensions - 120 marks (30%)

  • Written Expression - 100 marks (25%)

  • Oral - 100 marks (25%)


The Ordinary level exam is assessed as follows:

  • Aural comprehension- 100 marks (25%)

  • Reading comprehensions - 160 (40%)

  • Written Expression - 60 marks (15%)

  • Oral - 80 marks (20%)




News items




Vlogs and other social media material


Extracts from magazines, newspapers etc.

Extracts from literary works


Functional pieces such as articles, emails, notes…


Opinion pieces on current and youth related topics


Creative pieces




Conversations about oneself, one’s interests and opinions etc.


Creative pieces


Who would this subject suit at Leaving Certificate?

All students with a love for languages, students with plans to travel for their career or for leisure in the future, students with a view to work in domains where languages are a way to improve and further career opportunities (business etc.)

Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities include participation in the DELF exam, foreign trip, trips to Francophone cultural places in Dublin, French cinema / French theatre etc.

Is this subject a requirement for any college courses?

Some courses require a foreign language for admission. However proficiency in a foreign language can be an important add on to enhance career opportunities, employers may consider the fact that you can speak a foreign language as a sign of dedication, regardless of whether or not it is particularly necessary.



IT resources

Wide array of authentic educational materials

French homework club

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