The French GCSE course will provide you with a sound practical knowledge of French and an awareness and understanding of countries and communities where French is spoken. It is suitable for all abilities but can also stretch the more able linguists.
You will expand your cultural knowledge whilst developing your language skills. The course is topic-based, focusing on these five topic areas:
- Identity and culture
- Local area, holiday and travel
- Future aspirations, study and work
- International and global dimension
Both the study and the assessment of this course cover the four core language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- Paper 1: Listening and understanding in French. You will be assessed on your understanding of spoken French in a range of public and social settings.
- Paper 2: Speaking in French. You will be assessed on your ability to communicate and interact effectively through speaking in French for different purposes.
- Paper 3: Reading and understanding in French. You will be assessed on your understanding of written French across a range of different types of texts, including emails, letters and articles.
- Paper 4: Writing in French. You will be assessed on your ability to communicate effectively through writing in French for different purposes. Assessment is based on two writing tasks.
Dictionaries are not permitted in any part of the exam.
GCSE French will provide you with a firm foundation in the language and thus a smooth transition to more advanced qualifications such as A Level.