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Modern Foreign Languages

Subject Leader: Mrs E de Glanville


French GCSE 

Exam Board: AQA
Level: 2

Course Overview

GCSE French helps students develop their language skills in a variety of contexts and a broad understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French is spoken. It encourages enjoyment of language learning and the recognition that language skills enable students to take their place in a multi-lingual global society. 

This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in French and to understand French when it is written down or spoken. This qualification counts towards the English Baccalaureate.  Students study the following themes on which the assessments are based.  1: Identity and culture.  2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest.  3: Current and future study and employment.

Equal weighting for all four skills  - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Assessment: 100% examination to be assessed in the final year of the course.

Curriculum Content

Year 7

Term 1: Bonjour – greetings, names, ages and birthdays. 
Term 2: My School - Subjects and Opinions
Term 3: Hobbies and free time, Personal descriptions.
Term 4:  Personal descriptions. Where you and others live.
Term 5: Where you and others live. Going on holiday.
Term 6: Going on holiday.


Year 8

Term 1: My hobbies
Term 2: I love Paris and introducing the past tense
Term 3: Personality and Family Relationships
Term 4: My home, town and local customs
Term 5: Francophone countries and cultural project
Term 6: French Cinema and Film Reviews.


Year 9

Term 1: Me, my family and friends. 
Term 2: Me, my family and friends.  Hometown and local neighbourhood.
Term 3: Free Time and Recreation.
Term 4: Free Time and Recreation.
Term 5 : Customs and Festivals in French Speaking Countries.
Term 6: Customs and Festivals in French Speaking Countries.


Year 10

Term 1 : Family and Friends and Home Town
Term 2: My Studies and Free Time
Term 3: Social Issues  - Healthy / Unhealthy living, Life at School.
Term 4: Customs and Festivals in French Speaking countries, Travel and Tourism
Term 5: Education Post 16
Term 6: Transition to Y11. Revision, end of year Assessments. Marriage and partnerships.


Year 11

Term 1: Travel and Tourism. Written Controlled Assessment 15% of final mark.
Term 2: Revision of Y10. Spoken Controlled Assessment 15% of final mark.
Term 3: School and College. 
Term 4:  Environment and local area. 
Term 5: Revision  / Exam Prep


Useful Website Links:

Linguascope  - Each student has access to a username and password free of charge. 

Pearson Active Learn - This is now used for weekly homework for Y7 -9. Every student has their own unique username and password. If Internet can’t be accessed at home then the library computers are available at lunchtime and after school.

Languages Online - A useful and free website which can be used to practice grammar and language learning at home independently.

Language Gym - A fun and effective website to enable students to practise their verbs and tenses in a variety of ways


Suggested Revision Guides and Books:

AQA Revise AQA GCSE French Revision Workbook
AQA Revise AQA GCSE French Revision Audioguide
AQA Translation and Grammar Workbook

All y11 students have been allocated a revision guide and revision workbook. Online books can be purchased for use at home.


OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • OSL for Year 11 - Wednesday and Thursday 3pm-3:45pm in Room 4
  • French club  - this is run by Y10 GCSE students.
  • Various sessions for GCSE – contact your individual teacher.

If you speak a language at home other than English please contact Mrs E de Glanville to discuss the possibility of gaining a qualification in this. We have had students successfully gaining qualifications in Russian, Turkish and Italian.