GCSE French

Why should I study French?

Studying a modern foreign language increases your future employability. The skills and rigour involved with studying languages are highly regarded by universities for various courses.

Learning French will also enable you to enjoy a much wider range of books, films and songs in the language.

Importantly, it is part of the EBacc group of subjects that indicate you are an academic student suitable for many prestigious areas of higher education.

What will I study?

The course is split into three themes:

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture
  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

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Are there tiers in GCSE French?

Yes, there is a foundation tier with grades from 1-5 and a higher tier with grades 4-9. Decisions on entries are made after extensive testing of pupils throughout the course and in consultation with pupils and parents where appropriate.

How will I be assessed?

The exam board for French is AQA and assessment is split equally across three written exams and one speaking assessment.

Paper 1: Listening

  • Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation), 45 minutes (Higher) plus 5 minutes reading time
  • 40 marks (Foundation), 50 marks (Higher)
  • 25% of GCSE

Paper 2: Speaking

  • Non-exam assessment (NEA)
  • 7–9 minutes (Foundation) and preparation time, 10–12 minutes (Higher) and preparation time
  • 60 marks
  • 25% of GCSE

Paper 3: Reading

  • Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation), 1 hour (Higher)
  • 60 marks
  • 25% of GCSE

Paper 3: Writing

  • Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher)
  • 50 marks (Foundation), 60 marks (Higher)
  • 25% of GCSE

Will the course be a good preparation for A Level?

This course will prepare you for further study in a range of A levels such as French and other languages. The skills you develop in learning new information and applying it in a designated structure will help you in many A Levels.

What are the next steps?

Should you wish to choose French, you will need to add it as the main choice in the Option 1 box. If you have any further questions about this course, please contact our Teacher of Languages, Mrs Sheffield, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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