Castle Manor Academy

GCSE French

Subject Overview

Foreign languages provide a very useful way of interacting with key transferable skills for the workplace. Employers actively seek candidates with good communication skills, as well as the ability to understand the wider world. In an ever-changing business climate, an increasing number of UK companies now require their employees to have some language learning at GCSE level. French plays a key role within the business and finance world, as well as the automotive, medical and hospitality industries. Students wishing to pursue these career-paths are recommended to choose French as an option for their GCSE course.  

French is not only spoken in continental Europe, but in an additional 57 countries across the world. Imagine your future travel options being automatically widened due to your more advanced language skills. This course is an exciting way to learn about new cultures via the medium of language learning, focussing upon the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. 

Home learning will include learning core vocabulary, completion of reading tasks, practising speaking tasks and the use of online materials.

Course Information

AQA Syllabus – 

Unit 1: Identity and culture 

Me, my family and friends, technology in everyday life, free time activities, customs and festivals 

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

Home, town, neighbourhood and region, social issues (charity work / healthy living),  

global issues (environment / poverty), travel & tourism  

Unit 3: Current and future study and employment 

Education post-16, jobs, career choices & ambitions 


GCSE French is assessed in four examinations: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, which are each worth 25% of the marks. All four exams are taken at the end of the course in the summer of Year 11. Foundation and Higher tier papers are available; however, students must complete all four skills in the tier that they take. 


After a GCSE in French, students may continue with their French studies at A-Level or pick up a new language at GCSE as a beginner. Language studies also complement many other courses including History, Geography, Art and Science.