GCSE French

GCSE French

Studying a modern language at GCSE is a life-long skill for education, employment or even travel purposes. 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, it is important to note that many UK universities are now starting to 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.
 
Entry Requirements
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 desirable.

Course Content

The specification we follow is the OCR Syllabus. All four skill areas (reading/writing/listening/speaking) are examined. This is a 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.

The OCR course is a flexible, unitised course of assessment that allows the writing and speaking skills to be tested at different stages during the two-year course. The tests will be conducted by the class teacher. The reading and listening skills are examined at the end of the two years and are tiered at Foundation and Higher Levels. The speaking and writing tasks are differentiated by outcome.

The topics covered include:

  • Home and Local Area
  • Health and Sport
  • Leisure and Entertainment
  • Travel and the Wider World
  • Education and Work

Alternative study: GCSE German and GCSE Spanish

Assessment

Criteria
  • Writing: Two written pieces to be submitted to an external examiner by early May (second year of course) 30% of final GCSE mark
  • Speaking: Two speaking tests to be submitted to the moderator by early May (second year of course) 30% of final GCSE mark
  • Reading: Higher (50 minutes) or Foundation (40 minutes) paper, taken at the end of the two-year course 20% of final GCSE mark
  • Listening: Higher (50 minutes) or Foundation (40 minutes) paper, taken at the end of the two-year course 20% of final GCSE mark

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