Exam Board: AQA
GCSE French places the emphasis on communication through both written and oral exchanges.
The course develops the four skill areas of speaking, reading, listening and writing using a wide variety of materials and teaching techniques to interest the students. Language classes are small which is advantageous as each student has the opportunity to communicate in the target language with both the teacher and fellow classmates.
Looking beyond GCSE study, some UK universities ask for a modern foreign language at GCSE or above as part of their entrance requirements, even if the student is not planning to study a language. They feel that proof of studying a language shows great aptitude and flexibility. Also many employers look favourably upon a candidate offering a foreign language, particularly in the light of globalisation.
French will help students to develop their linguistic skills as well as their cultural knowledge of the world around them. A successful linguist must have an interest in learning a modern language and enjoy communicating with others and sharing ideas. Some prior language knowledge is essential so ideally the student should have at least 3 years prior learning.
The specification we follow is the AQA Syllabus. All four skill areas (reading/writing/listening/speaking) are examined. This is a linear two-year GCSE course, although some students joining the one-year GCSE cohort may complete it in one year if they already have a good level of the language being studied.
All examinations will take place at the end of the 2 years’ of study and there is no coursework element. The oral examination is conducted by the class teacher. There is a tiering system and students will either be entered for the Foundation or Higher tier in all 4 skill areas. It is not possible to mix the tiers.
The themes covered include:
Studying French at GCSE can lead to continuing to enhance your linguistic and communication skills at A-level. A modern language is useful in the world of business, leisure, tourism and education.
All papers are taken at the end of the 2 year course.