GCSE French


Why choose French at Fulwood Academy?


The modern languages department at Fulwood Academy is dedicated to helping students not only achieve the best possible grades at GCSE level but also to prepare students for studying a language at A Level.


French is the language of our closest European neighbours. It is spoken in many other parts of Europe and the world including Canada and many countries in Africa.


In opting to study French you would be able to  communicate more  confidently and accurately with French speakers and you  would learn more about the lifestyle and culture of this vibrant and influential country. Foreign language skills are also essential for many jobs in global businesses such as computing, marketing, and finance.


This subject will suit you if:


  • You enjoy communicating with people and discovering how other people live;
  • You enjoy working with others to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing in French.



What will I study?

This is the new specification GCSE French examination.


The candidates will develop, during the course, the four main skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will be entered for either foundation or higher tiers in listening, speaking, reading and writing.


We will cover a full range of topics around the following themes: identity and culture, local, national, international and global areas of interest and current and future study and employment.


GCSE French focuses on communication and emphasises the importance of understanding and communicating in everyday situations. You will also study aspects of French grammar, translation and phonetics.




How is the course assessed?

Unit 1: Listening- Understanding and responding to the spoken language using a range of skills and activities. Examination. 25%


Unit 2: Speaking- Role play, discussion around a photo, general discussion on two topic areas. Examination. 25%


Unit 3: Reading- Understanding and responding to the written language in a variety of texts. Examination. 25%


Unit 4: Writing-Producing a variety of types of writing, translation from French into English (Foundation tier) or English into French (Higher tier). Examination. 25%


 Where does the course lead?


Being able to speak a foreign language is now an essential life skill, whether at work, in education or for leisure purposes. Most employers will look more favourably on job applicants with a foreign language and careers include interpreter, translator, lawyer, doctor, nurse, air hostess, import/export industry, engineering, sales and marketing, accountant, secretary, teacher, banking, United Nations, European Union – in fact any career will be enhanced with a language qualification. Further study could be A Level French (Grade B is usually a requirement). Many universities now request that students have studied a language at GCSE (particularly some English courses).