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The Beaconsfield School A specialist Arts College

Key Stage 4 French

Syllabus: GCSE French

Course Code: AQA 8658

Website: www.aqa.org.uk    


Course overview

The aim of the course is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the French language as well as their language learning skills and cultural awareness. In school we follow the Studio course over Year 10 and Year 11.


Core Content:

Theme 1 – Identity and Culture

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

Theme 3 – Current and future study and employment

These themes are made up of different topics designed to provide students with language that can be used to communicate in practical situations when encountering people in countries/communities where the French language is spoken. Implicit in the teaching and learning of the above topics is the use of each of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.


  • Paper 1:  Listening (25%)
  • Paper 2:  Speaking (25%)
  • Paper 3:  Reading (25%)
  • Paper 4:  Writing (25%)