WHAT DO STUDENTS LEARN IN FRENCH IN KEY STAGE 4?
GCSE French is a 3 year course at Paulet. By the time students opt for their GCSE subjects, they will already have studied part of the course. The GCSE course covers free time, technology, school life, global culture, travel, relationships, local life, the environment, future plans and social issues. As you can see, the topics dealt with in this course are wide-ranging and will enhance our students’ understanding of themselves and the world around them as well as providing them with a second language and a huge array of transferable skills.
HOW WILL STUDENTS LEARN IN THIS COURSE?
Students learn through a wide variety of activities including role-play, prompt cards, prepared and spontaneous conversation, translation, dictation, games and interactive tasks and writing for a variety of purposes. This is supplemented by home learning tasks that are typically vocabulary and grammar based to consolidate learning in lessons.
HOW ARE STUDENTS ASSESSED IN THIS COURSE?
GCSE French comprises four skill-based exams in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Each exam is equally weighted at 25%. The speaking element is examined in school with the class teacher and marked externally.
WHAT IS THE LEARNING SEQUENCE?
WHAT QUALIFICATION IS GAINED FROM WHICH EXAM BOARD?
GCSE French – AQA
LINK TO EXAM BOARD QUALIFICATION
HOW IS IT GRADED?
Grades available currently are 1-5 at foundation tier and 3-9 at higher tier.
WHAT FURTHER EDUCATION AND/OR CAREERS CAN THIS QUALIFICATION LEAD TO?
A GCSE language opens so many exciting doors for our students. Students can progress to A-Level French which is offered at Paulet Sixth Form. More importantly, securing a GCSE in a modern foreign language is a hugely desirable skill in all industries. A link to careers in languages can be found here:
“One language sets you in a corridor of life. Two languages open every door along the way.”