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Key Stage 4

Examination Board :  WJEC logo


Assessment Requirements:

In the GCSE French course, the skills of Writing; Speaking, Reading and Listening are developed. 60% of the GCSE is awarded through controlled assessment. This is from two pieces of writing and two pieces of speaking. The 40% is awarded through listening and reading examinations in Year 11, each worth 20%. Pupils will have the chance to complete multiple pieces of controlled assessment and to choose the best ones to take forward.


Course Outline:

Pupils who have enjoyed French so far and value the opportunity to improve their mastery of the language should seriously consider this choice. The course builds on what has previously been learnt in order for pupils to help them to express themselves more fluently and in a more varied and interesting way. It also is a very valuable skill to have on CVs!
Pupils will be study the following contexts:

  • Personal and social life (self, family, friends, home life, shopping, meals, healthy living, free time, future plans, holiday).
  • Local community (home town, school, education, local environment, pollution, recycling)
  • The world of work (work experience, part-time jobs, future careers)
  • Travel and holidays, media, social issues (e.g., life of young people today, homelessness, crime, drugs, healthy living, religion, politics) life in the countries and communities where the language is spoken.



Home learning is essential in the French GCSE, as is a willingness and ability to memorise vocabulary and practice speaking at all opportunities. It is imperative that pupils are aware of the academic nature of this course; it is strongly advised for pupils who are choosing to opt for it to have reached a minimum of Level 5 at the end of KS3.

Career Opportunities:
Teacher, translator (literary or business), International law, European Union, International exchange (banks, business) International journalism (news articles and television programmes).

Extra-curricular activities relevant to this subject:
A visit to France may be organised for the end of the year if enough pupils want to take part in it.