GCSE French (AQA)

Modern Foreign Languages are increasingly important for today’s young people. Being an integral part of the English Baccalaureate, a GCSE in French will equip you with a skill that can be utilised in countless careers. French is the ninth most spoken language with over 200 million speakers worldwide. Students with an additional language have a huge range of opportunities open to them and will be well placed in competing for the best university courses.

The aim of our French department is to develop competence in oral and written communication, so that you become confident in dealing with a range of authentic listening and reading material, and gain a

sound working knowledge of basic grammatical structures. You will also learn a huge amount about English through your study of French, as well as gaining an insight into the cultures of French-speaking countries.

Learning a language happens most effectively where regular exposure takes place and our staff use French for much of the teaching.



Unit 1: Listening (aural exam – 20%)

You will learn to understand spoken French in a variety of real life settings.

Unit 2: Reading (written exam – 20%)

You will learn to read French through studying a range of texts such as books, newspaper reports, brochures, magazines, emails and websites.

Unit 3: Speaking (controlled assessment – 30%)

You will learn to speak French fluently and accurately for a variety of purposes across a range of settings. You will sit two assessments, both in the form of a dialogue – an interview and a conversation with the examiner.

Unit 4: Writing (controlled assessment – 30%)

You will learn to write French accurately and to communicate effectively, including developing the ability to produce more extended pieces of writing.