GCSE French

The ability to speak another language is not only a benefit, but also a great joy.  More than 220 million people in the world speak French; it is a language of international communication.  It is the second most widely learned language after English and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world.

GCSE French is a core subject of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and it is an exciting course that will allow you the opportunity to develop your language skills in a variety of contexts.  It will broaden your understanding of the culture and the lifestyle of countries and communities where French is spoken. 

Studying French can help you in your application to study a wide variety of subjects at university including: Classical Studies; Languages; English; European Studies; Law; Speech Therapy; International Studies; International Business; Education; Politics.
In this course, you will build on your Key Stage 3 knowledge, with greater emphasis on developing a more independent approach to using the language.  You will study current themes relevant to you such as: Technology in Everyday Life; Social Issues affecting Youth; Global Issues affecting our Planet.


GCSE French is designed to ensure that students of all abilities can demonstrate what they know and can do.  The assessment covers all four communicative skills: Listening; Reading; Writing; Speaking.  The assessment includes an element of translation, since this is a fundamental skill in our hyper-connected and globalised world.   All examinations will take place at the end of the course in Year 11.  There is a Foundation and a Higher Tier for all 4 skills, which are equally weighted (25% each).

How to do well in French

The key to success in GCSE French is focused and independent study through the consistent revision of vocabulary, reading short novels, magazines and comics, watching videos and TV programmes in French and listening to songs and people speaking French as often as possible.

Useful websites

BBC Bitezise – GCSE French:
Apprendre le Français avec TV5 Monde:

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