Examination Board:  AQA

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Speaking (25% of total marks)

  • For the Speaking test you will have recorded conversation in French with your teacher that will comprise of:
  • Role-play – 15 marks
  • Photo card – 15 marks
  • General conversation – 30 marks. 
  • The test will last between 10-12 minutes 

Writing (25% of total marks)

Question 1 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total). There is a choice from two questions – 16 marks.

Question 2 – open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total). There is a choice from two questions – 32 marks.

Question 3 – translation from English into French (minimum 50 words) – 12 marks.

Listening and Reading (50% of total marks)

In the listening test, you will answer questions on recorded material from different topic areas. Questions and answers will be required in English and in French. In the reading test, you will answer questions in English and French about short French texts on different topics. There will also be a short translation from French into English.

Why French?
With our increasingly close links with the rest of Europe and the growing need for competence in foreign languages in a wide variety of professions, the career implications of studying a wider variety of modern languages are considerable.

People with language skills and knowledge are highly thought of in the modern world. They stand out as talented and successful people, with broad and exciting horizons. Taking GCSE French means you will:

  • be able to study AS and A2 French courses;
  • add an extra dimension to your personal skills profile which will impress anyone who reads your CV;
  • be in a stronger position to get a job in companies with international links or improve employability if you would like to work abroad.

Language learning is a cumulative process and the course, therefore, builds on what has gone before, aiming to make pupils both competent and confident in using the language appropriate to a wide variety of topics and situations. The emphasis throughout is on language as a practical tool of communication, with extensive use of French in the classroom, sessions with native speakers, use of authentic television, video, computer-assisted learning, audio and reading materials. In particular, the Modern Languages Department puts a great emphasis on the use of Information Technology in language learning.

Course requirements:

French is open to all pupils currently studying the language in Y9. Pupils may opt to study up to two languages to GCSE. You already know a lot of the vocabulary and grammar you’ll need for GCSE. You know how to talk about yourself, your family and friends, your hobbies, where you live, school, holidays, food and drink. You‘ll build on this knowledge during your GCSE course, and move on to new topics.

Learning a foreign language is a challenge. It requires commitment and active involvement. Approached in a positive, receptive fashion it is almost always an enjoyable and rewarding experience which broadens horizons and opens up new experiences.


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