GCSE French



Examination Subject French
Examination Qualification GCSE
Examination Board AQA
Tiers of Entry Foundation


Aims of the Course:

The course aims to develop the skills you will have learnt in earlier years.  These correspond to the four sections of the examination: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Throughout the course you will continue to build up your knowledge of French grammar and vocabulary but in the context of the GCSE topics.  The GCSE will be assessed by terminal examinations in the four skills as listed above, at the end of year 11.

You will need to develop a greater accuracy and depth of knowledge in the language especially to obtain the top grades.  In the examination you will also have to translate texts from French into English. You will be encouraged to work creatively and to use French actively as much as possible in class.  The GCSE aims in particular at giving students a firm grounding in all four skill areas so that students have the scope for further development of the language and to provide each student with the language skills necessary for a visit to a French-speaking country.


Theme 1: Identity & Culture

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends


Topic 2: Technology and everyday life




Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French – speaking countries / communities


Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues



Topic 3: Global issues



Topic 4: Travel and tourism



Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school / college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 3 Jobs, career choices and ambitions


Assessment of Course

Terminal examination: 25% listening, 25% speaking, 25% reading and 25% writing externally assessed at the end of Year 11


Progression from this examination:

IB / A Level in French

Degree in French or European Studies

Degree in French and Business Studies

Combine French with any other subject at degree level

Provides skills required to learn other languages

Will enable you to communicate with French speaking clients in the world of work

Invaluable if you wish to travel around the World


Careers Information:

As there are fewer students now studying languages across the country there will inevitably be a shortage of linguists entering the job market.  Languages can open up horizons and a CV that offers French is essential in the Modern International World of trade. Language qualifications are viewed very favourably when applying for University and compulsory for most Red Brick Universities.


Further Information: See Mrs Hirst or any member of the MFL Department