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The Marlborough Science Academy

French - Key Stage 4


Students who choose to study French at Key Stage 4 will follow the AQA GCSE French course.

During the course students cover the following three broad themes at either Foundation or Higher level depending on their ability. These are:

  1. Identity and Culture
  2. Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  3. Current and future study and employment

The GCSE language course aims to develop understanding and communication in the foreign language across all four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Students develop and use their knowledge and understanding of grammar.

A Key Stage 4 French Language immersion trip to Normandy is offered as an important element of the programme.

The course is assessed by 4 exams, each worth 25% of the final grade, and students will be entered in either the Foundation (F) or Higher (H) tier:

  • Listening - a 35 minute (F) or 45 minute (H) examination 
  • Speaking - 30 minutes per candidate (F and H) - 15 minutes preparation and 15 minutes for the examination
  • Reading - a 45 minute (F) or 1 hour (H) examination
  • Writing - a 1 hour (F) or 1 hour 15 minute (H) examination

The Foundation tier covers grades 5 to 1, the Higher tier covers grades 9 to 5. 

Students who study French can go on to gain employment in areas such as travel companies, airlines, banking and accountancy, publishing, manufacturing, marketing, teaching and the diplomatic service which can require knowledge of languages.

The ability to speak languages is useful in all kinds of professions and jobs. Many companies are multinational and employees who speak other languages will always have an advantage over others.

A modern foreign language forms part of the English Baccalaureate and many universities consider language qualifications as part of their selection criteria.

Curriculum Implementation 

Click here to view the curriculum implementation overview for Key Stage 4 Modern Foreign Languages. 

Curriculum Timelines 

Click here to view the curriculum timeline for French at Key Stage 4. 

Curriculum Learning Journey 

Click here to view the learning journey for French. 

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