The French course is a continuation of the Junior Cert course to a more advanced level.The Leaving Certificate French course builds on knowledge already attained in Junior Cert level. It is advisable that students should have attained a high grade at honours level if hoping to attempt the exam at Honours Leaving Certificate Level. Students are expected to read magazines and to tune in to French radio, podcasts or TV 5.

Oral Assessment

General conversation with the option of also discussing a picture or document of the pupils choice. External examiner during 5th and 6th year for mock orals and within the Department there is oral language team teaching.

Listening Comprehension

Candidates will listen to a CD – recording and answer questions on what they have heard, e.g. public announcements, extracts from radio, conversations overheard, etc. Use of supplementary material is also recommended.

Reading Comprehension

Higher Level candidates will explore various levels of meaning and register in literary & journalistic texts & current affairs. All students will also demonstrate grammar analysis and manipulation of syntax.

Written Production
Higher Level Oral 25% Aural 20% Written 55%
Ordinary Oral 20% Aural 25% Written 55%


Learning a language requires regular study throughout the two years of the course, as proficiency in the language can only be built up gradually. A student who is prepared to work can do well in these subjects.

Many colleges have a language as a course entry requirement, e.g. European Studies, Languages or Marketing. Industry and employers rate language skills highly.

You need a European language as a minimum entry requirement to study in any NUI Colleges:

UCD, NUI Galway, UCC, NUI Maynooth, St. Angela’s Sligo, Shannon College of Hotel Management, RCSI and to become a Cadet in the Army or the Air Corps.