Head of Department – Mrs V Bailey

French for GCSE… Easier than you may think

5 hours per fortnight, one in IT3, Support class Elite Club, Social Networking support, Assistante’s speaking time… Prepare to join the Francophony! 77 member states and governments on 5 continents, 220 000 speakers, the official language of the EU Administration.

Year 10/11, Trip to Nantes with TGGS, exchange and stay with a family. Make lifelong connections!


Assessment and Exams

Right from the first term, you will learn how to do a controlled assessment so that when they come around, you are totally prepared. There will be some vocab tests to earn euros and commendations from, pieces of writing and homework on Facebook with Jean-Pierre. Mocks happen at the end of Year 10 and in November of Year 11.

The official GCSE Assessment is divided into the 4 skills:

  • Speaking: 30% There are TWO Speaking Controlled Assessments (Y10/11).
  • Writing: 30% Again, TWO Writing Controlled Assessments (Y10/11)
  • Reading: 20% 50 minute exam in May of year 11.
  • Listening: 20% 45 minute exam in May of year 11.  
Controlled Assessments

This is a very good way to earn 60% of your GCSE final grade. We work very closely to prepare an assessment and you will then deliver it in exam conditions. We ensure you are perfectly ready for them and give you assistance along the way. This includes: recordings of your work to practise your controlled assessment on an MP3 file to refine accent and intonation for extra marks. Each Controlled Assessment is worth 15%.

The GCSE Course

We use the own AQA HIGHER exam book, a brand new edition. You will also benefit from the online “Kerboodle” website with all the activities, online book and vocab help. It is divided into 9 units, covered over the 2 years. You’ll continue doing Listening, Speaking Reading & Writing. The four Key topics are:

  • Leisure/Holidays
  • Home & Environment
  • Work & Education
  • Lifestyle/Health.

In Class: A very interactive environment: using buzzers, boards and the interactive board to ensure that you remain focused and you progress well.

A euros’ competition system creates a motivating learning environment between all classes. Grammar is done in one lesson per fortnight in a specialist book with graded exercises.

Homework: Depending on the timetable, homework is given twice per fortnight on average. This will be learning vocab, doing reading/listening exercises on your book or Facebook, as well as preparing for Controlled Assessments, when we do them.

What can I do in the future with French?

Languages can be combined with a surprising variety of subjects and skills to produce a wide range of jobs. For example:

  • European Studies
  • Computing
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Accountancy courses
  • Management Studies
  • Financial Management
  • English Law Qualification
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • International Relations
  • Hotel Management
  • French and Marketing, and more…

French GCSE Overview

Key Stage 3 French

Key Stage 4 French