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GCSE French


French is a very widespread international language covering countries in Europe, North Africa and the Far East.  Learning another language enhances your confidence, improves your grasp of English and shows you are open-minded and tolerant.

During your three French lessons per week in Years 10 and 11 you will study the four language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing.

The French department at John Ruskin School follows the AQA GCSE course,

The distribution of marks is as follows:

Listening 25%

Reading 25%

Writing 25%

Speaking 25%

All the skills are assessed at the end of Year 11 in formal exams. The listening, reading and writing exams take place as part of the regular GCSE exam timetable whereas the Oral exam takes place a month previously on a day designated by the school within the exam board time frame.

You will be entered at either Foundation or Higher Tier for the whole GCSE.  Foundation papers cover grades 1 to 4 and Higher from 4 to 9.

You will study topics within three main themes.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

More information can be found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658/specification-at-a-glance