GCSE French

Why study this course?

It is one of the academic subjects required for the English Baccalaureate, together with English, mathematics, triple science and history or geography.

  • Languages provide you with greater opportunities to travel and work abroad. They enable you to discover different cultures and traditions.
  • A language is the natural partner for many GCSE subjects (e.g. business studies, economics, humanities, leisure and tourism, English literature) as they compliment or inform each other.
  • A language will always be useful, no matter what you do. It is classified as a facilitating subject and favoured by top universities for a whole range of degree course, so it is a great option whatever you want to do!
  • Employers are looking for transferrable skills. The language GCSE curriculum fosters key skills such as communication, ICT, problem solving, thinking skills, adaptability and creativity.
  • Considering the highly competitive job market, a language GCSE is a huge advantage in the workplace for a variety of careers: translation, communication, tourism, government, politics, media, publishing, journalism, education, fashion or law! UK businesses need linguists and being able to use another language could increase your salary.
  • After Brexit, languages will be in increasing demand for British companies wishing to do business with European customers

What will I learn?

You will learn about:

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture (me, my family and friends; technology in everyday life ; free-time activities ; customs and festivals)
  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest Theme (Home, town, neighbourhood and region ; social issues ; global issues; travel and tourism)
  • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment (my studies ; life at school/college ; education Post-16 ; jobs, career choices and ambitions)

 How will I be assessed?

GCSE French has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier.

Paper 1: Listening (25%) — Questions in English and questions in French

Paper 2: Speaking (25%) — Role-play, photo card and general conversation

Paper 3: Reading (25%) — Questions in English, questions in French and translation from French into English

Paper 4: Writing (25%) — Message, short passage, translation from English into French and structured writing task for Foundation Tier ; structured writing task, open-ended writing task and translation from English into French for Higher Tier

 Where can this course lead to after Key Stage 4?

  • A level French

The French GCSE course will provide you with skills and knowledge necessary to undertake further studies. It will make you more marketable to the world of business, commerce or science.

To find out more information:
Contact Sandra Ward, Head of Modern Foreign Languages