The AQA GCSE qualification in French requires students to: 
  • Develop the ability to listen to and understand spoken French in a range of contexts and a variety of styles. 
  • Communicate in speech for a variety of purposes 
  • Read and respond to different types of written language 
  • Communicate in writing for a variety of purposes 
  • Understand and apply a range of vocabulary and structures 
  • Develop language learning and communication skills which can be applied broadly.
AQA GCSE French
LEVEL OF ENTRY
FOUNDATION, HIGHER or UNTIERED
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
INTERNAL (WRITING AND SPEAKING) AND EXTERNAL (READING AND LISTENING)
NUMBER OF LESSONS PER CYCLE
13 LESSONS

Students can be entered for each paper at either Foundation or Higher tier. The grid below shows the relationship between assessment objectives and examination components:

Units

Assessment objective

Paper

Method of assessment

Time

      1

Listening 20%

F-Foundation

 

Externally assessed

25 mins (+ 5 mins reading time)

H-Higher

35 mins (+5 mins reading time)

      2

Speaking 30%

2 tasks Un-tiered

Internally assessed

(4 – 6 mins each)

      3

Reading 20%

F

Externally assessed

35 mins

H

50 mins

     4

Writing 30%

Coursework option X 2 tasks Untiered

External assessment

2 hrs (1 hour each)

Below are all the topics that will be covered during the course:
  •  Healthy Lifestyle 
  •  Relationship and choices * 
  •  Free time and the media 
  •  Holidays *
  •  Home & local area *
  •  The environment 
  •  Work and  Education *
*  controlled assessment topics

Controlled and External Assessments 

There will be four controlled assessments and two external assessments. The controlled assessments will be on speaking and writing skills. The external assessments will be on reading and writing skills. Please note below the main items in the order that they will be covered for the controlled assessments. Please ensure that you start looking at vocabulary for these topics. The exam dates may change if unforeseen circumstances occur.

Topic Skill When
School and Future plans
Writing
October
Holidays
Speaking December
My family and I
Writing February
 Home and Local area
 Speaking March

Recommended resources 

Collins (easy learning) French dictionary – all pupils are expected to have a bilingual dictionary. 
Revision guidethis will help pupils gain a better understanding of the language: 

Upcoming Events:

There will be at least one French residential trip in the academic year. Please look at our Languages Events notice board in the Languages Department for more details.
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