A qualification in a modern foreign language makes an important contribution to the broad and balanced education which young people of today are expected to have on leaving school and is, in addition, highly valued by employers and universities.
In French we follow the AQA specification. Throughout the course pupils develop their linguistic competence in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Theme 1: Identity and Culture - me, my family and friends, technology in everyday life, free-time activities, customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest - home, town, neighbourhood and region, social issues, global issues, travel and tourism
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment - my studies, life at school/college, education post-16, jobs, career choices and ambitions
Benefits to Pupils
- Clear, accessible assessments which discriminate effectively.
- Enables pupils of all abilities to develop their French language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence.
- Expands pupils’ cultural knowledge whilst developing their language skills.
Scheme of Assessment
Part 1: Listening – 25%
Either Foundation Tier: 35 minutes or Higher Tier: 45 minutes
Part 2: Speaking – 25%
Foundation Tier: 7-9 minutes or Higher Tier: 10-12 minutes
Part 3: Reading – 25%
Foundation Tier: 45 minutes or Higher Tier: 1 hour
Part 4: Writing – 25%
Foundation Tier: 1 hour or Higher Tier: 1 hour 15 minutes
Entry tier must be the same across all four skills.