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GCSE French

Why study a GCSE Modern Foreign Language?

Studying a GCSE Languages at SVC offers students the chance to excel – no matter what their starting point is, whether set 1 or set 4. 

Students regularly outperform challenging GCSE targets, with students achieving on average up to 1 grade above their targets. 

  • 50% of GCSE French students achieved at least grade 7 in 2019 (double national average). 
  • 82% GCSE German students achieved at least grade 7 in 2018 (alternate years GCSE)

Current FFT inspire data puts GCSE French at SVC in the top 3% of schools nationally and GCSE German in the top 2% of schools. 

Studying a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) allows students to experience the language and culture of another country whilst developing key skills (listening, analytical & problem solving skills, communication skills) which can be applied across a range of subjects in school and in the future.  Neuroscientists have also proven that anyone able to speak a MFL uses more areas of their brain.

Where can a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language take you?

Learning a language gives students the ability to live and work in an increasingly global society.  This is even more important with Brexit on the horizon, as both the economy and businesses rely on forging new links with other countries. 

It keeps doors open for college and university places, and adds an additional skill in an increasingly competitive jobs market.  In addition to jobs and careers which may require a language (translation & interpreting, teaching, sectors of the Armed Forces and Civil Service, sectors of Engineering & Science etc.), language learners are better problem solvers, creative thinkers and communicators – all skills highly valued by all employers. 

Click the logo or link below if you would like to view the full course specification from the Exam Board website.

Exam Board

Qualification

Specification

AQA Exam Board - GCSE French (4655)

GCSE French

8658

 

 The table below is a breakdown of the units studied at GCSE and the format of the assessments.

 

 Year 10

Year 11

 

Units
Ten units of work based on three themes:

  • Identity & culture
  • Current and future study & employment
  • Local, national, international & global areas of interest

Assessments
There is an assessment task at the end of each unit. Each assessment will cover the current and previous units.

Units
Five units of work based on three themes:

  • Identity & culture
  • Current and future study & employment
  • Local, national, international & global areas of interest

Assessment
There is an assessment task at the end of each unit. Each assessment will cover the current and previous units.  Marks are recorded on Go4Schools. GCSE Reading & listening exams

 Autumn    

My studies

WRITING
Short answers & translation

Travel & Tourism

WRITING

Free-time activities

SPEAKING
Photo card & role play

Marriage & partnership

Customs & festivals

MOCK EXAMS
All 4 skills

Healthy/ unhealthy living

READING & LISTENING

 Education post-16

 

Life at school/ college

SPEAKING
General conversation

   

 Spring  

 

Me, my family and friends

 

Career choices & ambitions

WRITING & SPEAKING

Home, town, neighbourhood & region

LISTENING & READING

 

 

 Summer   

Home, town, neighbourhood & region

WRITING

Long answer & translation

Preparation for final GCSE Reading & Listening exams

 

The environment

SPEAKING
Whole exam

Poverty, Homelessness, Charity work

 

Technology in everyday life

WRITING
Whole exam

 

GCSE Speaking exams 

 

LISTENING & READING

Preparation for final GCSE exams

GCSE Listening, Reading, Writing exams