French

Exam Board

AQA

What about exams? What will I study?

The French GCSE is a three year topic based course that tests the four skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing.  This course follows the AQA Board of Examinations and all four skills are tested at the end of the course by examination.  The teaching style retains a communicative methodology, emphasising the importance of understanding and communicating in everyday situations. A sound knowledge of French grammar is required for success at GCSE and grammar teaching is an integral part of the course.

You will be taught using modern resources and technologies alongside the Oxford AQA GCSE course. There is an abundance of online resources including reading, writing, grammar and listening exercises. Students will complete the majority of listening tasks individually in one of our computer suites, working at your own pace with the support of the teacher.  You will also be able to access the whole online course from home, allowing for effective revision and practical exam based homework tasks.

Exams

 

Paper 1: Listening component. The purpose of the exam is to understand and respond to different types of spoken language. The Listening component comprises 25% of the final grade.

Paper 2: Speaking component. The purpose of the exam is to communicate and interact effectively in speech for a variety of purposes. The exam will be taken with your classroom teacher and will include a role-play, a photo card stimulus. You will be given preparation time after having seen the roleplay and photocard. The Speaking component comprises 25% of the final grade.

Paper 3: Reading component. The purpose of the exam is to understand and respond to different types of written language. There will also be a translation text from French to English. The Reading component comprises 25% of the final grade.

Paper 4: Writing component. The purpose of the exam is to communicate effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.  The writing exam will include a number of tasks, ranging from writing a short message to an opening ended writing task of 150 words. There will also be a translation text from English to French. The Writing component comprises 25% of the final grade.

What could I do next with French?

In today’s global economy, speaking more than one language is a skill that employers are looking for in hundreds of different careers. Foreign language skills will enhance your opportunities in fields such as business, computing, marketing, science, medicine, law, technology and industry.  Learning a foreign language improves your communication skills and confidence and can open up a whole new world for you. Continuing a language to GCSE level will help you to understand how a language works, support your literacy skills in English and give you an insight into the culture of the country.  It can also open doors to a wider choice of university courses, provide you with a great bonus for a Travel and Tourism course or enable you to work abroad in the future, either later in life or as part of a gap year in Europe. For some university degrees, a GCSE language qualification is a requirement.  And once you have developed the skills to learn one language, you’ll find that it is easier to learn another – perhaps Chinese, Mandarin, Japanese or Arabic. The choice is yours!