Lycée

The lycée is the second, and last, stage of secondary education in the French educational system. From ages 15 to 18, lycée students can choose from the options listed below, in addition to the continuation of their studies in English, History & Geography.

More info on comparisons with class / grade equivalences.

English

English in the Anglophone Section is taught by a team of specialist teachers who are all native English speakers. Students are taught in mixed ability groups and have four hours of English a week.

English language and English literature are taught in a combined course using a variety of teaching methods that allow all pupils to have equal access to the curriculum. Support is provided in some classes for children with areas of learning that may need it.

Aims and Objectives

  • to encourage a love of reading and an interest in a wide range of literature from a variety of Anglophone countries
  • to encourage a critical reading of media texts
  • to develop confidence in speaking for a range of purposes and audiences, listening and responding critically to others.
  • to develop writing skills that enable students to communicate fluently and accurately for a variety of audiences and purposes.
  • to encourage students to think for themselves and to develop their own opinions.
  • to give students the opportunity to work both independently and with others
  • to encourage the use of IT.

More information on the English teaching programmes for collège and lycée.

History and Geography

The History-Geography department is a joint history and geography programme based on the content of the French National Curriculum yet with an approach characteristic of the learning and teaching styles in English-speaking countries.

Students in the collège (6ème to 3ème) and Seconde are taught two hours of the programme by Anglophone Section teachers and two hours by their French history/geography teachers. In Première, section hours increase to three and in Terminale to four hours in preparation for the OIB History/Geography exam.

While the programme in history is roughly chronological from the civilisations of the Ancient world up to the contemporary era, emphasis is placed on the comparison of historical themes in different periods. The geography program focuses on an exploration of the interaction between human activity and the physical environment. Students are assessed on a regular basis to determine their progress and identify areas for improvement.

Aims & Objectives

  • To develop the skills of historians and geographers
  • To encourage students to become independent learners through active and cooperative participation in individual and group work
  • To promote inquiry-based projects, IT research skills, and critical thinking activities
  • To foster understanding and appreciation of the diversity of human experience across time and place

2de option – Media Studies (GCSE)

This is an optional modular course of 3 hours per week.

Candidates are expected to be able to demonstrate competence in a range of media skills. These include:

  • Pre-production/planning skills: storyboarding,poster design, print advertising design, scripting for television, film and radio, treatments for television programmes and films, flat plans for magazines and newspapers, news selection, mock-ups for comic panels, scheduling, sketching etc.
  • Production Skills: photography to create still image work, video/digital cameras to create moving image work, recording equipment for sound media, editing techniques to produce finished products, desk-top publishing packages to create finished newspapers, magazines, comic extracts or advertising examples etc.
  • Evaluation: candidates are expected to be able to effectively evaluate their production work in light of media practices.

Aims and learning outcomes

GCSE specifications in media studies must enable candidates to:

  • Develop enquiry, critical thinking and decision making skills through consideration of issues that are important, real and relevant to them and to the world in which they live.
  • Develop their appreciation and critical understanding of the media and its role in their daily lives.
  • Develop their practical skills through opportunities for personal engagement and creativity.
  • Understand how to use the key media concepts to analyse media products and their various contexts.

“This year 17 students are preparing for the AQA Media Studies GCSE. As well as sitting an exam on the music press in June, they are working on three extended coursework projects based on advertising, print media and moving images.
Media Studies combines theory and practice; students learn the conventions of the media world and how to ‘read’ media texts, before applying what they have learnt to create their own texts.
Over the year the students have worked on the four key concepts of media: media language, representation, institution and audience. They have studied a variety of texts, familiarised themselves with the strategies employed by media institutions and have learned how to analyse a media product, identifying and explaining how the audience is manipulated.
Students have worked hard on their coursework projects and have learnt to use various software packages in order to produce their own media texts. This year the students have created very professional looking magazine covers, storyboarded their own advertising campaign and are, at present, creating a two minute trailer. For the film trailers they have had to learn how to convincingly frame and edit a shot, storyboard, film, add appropriate music and dialogue, consider pace and atmosphere and finally put everything together with editing software”.

N.B. There is a supplement to Tuition fees for those choosing this option to cover the extra 3hrs/week of specialised teaching.

2nde option – History (GCSE)

The IGCSE History option follows the AQA syllabus and gives seconde students the opportunity to study History for three hours a week.

The course allows students to study many different aspects of 20th century history such as the causes of the First World War,the causes of the Second World War, the Middle East, Weimar Germany and Nazi Germany. As well as developing an in depth knowledge of major events of the 20th century, the students also develop many important skills such as interpreting and evaluating documents, considering the causes and consequences of major events, being able to analyse the various eras and making judgements.

Preparation for the IGCSE exam also enables the students to develop skills very useful in the terminale OIB History programme.

N.B. There is a supplement to Tuition fees for those choosing this option to cover the extra 3hrs/week of specialised teaching.

 

2nde option – Drama

A one year course taken as an optional subject in 2nde

Contrary to popular belief, Drama studies are not all about ‘making up little plays!!’ S

Students are continuously assessed during practical work on their ability to respond to dramatic texts, to develop, explore and sustain a range of dramatic forms, on their ability to work with others and independently and on their performance skills.

The course has three sections:

  • Unit One – working with dramatic stimuli
  • Unit Two – working with text
  • Unit Three – drama performance.