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French (Fr)

Exam Board and Specification: AQA GCSE French 8658



A GCSE in French is a valuable, highly regarded academic qualification and a wider range of job opportunities will be open to you if you are competent in at least one modern language. Universities value languages highly, either studied individually or combined with other subjects. If you are contemplating studying Travel and Tourism at a later date, you should seriously consider taking a language to accompany it.


For GCSE French students should:

  • develop ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing
  • express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently
  • listen to and understand clearly articulated, standard speech at near normal speed
  • deepen knowledge about how language works and enrich vocabulary to increase
  • independent use and understanding of extended language in a range of contexts
  • develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where French is spoken


Assessment (All 4 skills weighted equally)

Paper 1: Listening Understanding and responding to different types of spoken languages.

  • Section A- questions in English, Section B- questions in the target language.

Paper 2: Speaking Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

  • Role-play- 15 marks  + Photo-card-15 marks + Conversation (30 marks)

Paper 3: Reading Understanding and responding to different types of written language, including literary texts.

  • Section A- questions in English, Section B- questions in the target language, Section C- translation from the target language into English

Paper 4: Writing. Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes


For further information contact: Mrs Coomber 


Teaching Method Used

  • Task-based learning. Typically involves an information gap: students may have to share   

knowledge to communicate effectively, or look for language rules themselves before re-applying them.

  • Communication: Interaction and engagement.
  • Receptive: Listening and reading.
  • Productive: Speaking and writing.


Careers this Subject Leads Onto


  • Interpreter                                                         
  • Primary & Secondary School Teacher
  • Translator                                                           
  • Broadcast journalist
  • International Relations                                       
  • Sales Executive
  • Detective                                                           
  • Lexicographer
  • Travel Agent                                                     
  • Journalist
  • Technical Writer                                                
  • Military Intelligence
  • Charity Work                                                     
  • Bilingual Secretary
  • Law