North East Futures UTC

GCSE French

Subject content

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

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

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Assessment

Paper 1 Listening

What’s assessed?

  • Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

How’s it assessed?

  • Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)
  • 40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE (Each exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.)
Paper 2 Speaking

What’s assessed?

  • Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

How’s it assessed?

  • Non-exam assessment
  • 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
  • 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE
Paper 3 Reading

What’s assessed?

  • Understanding and responding to different types of written language

How’s it assessed?

  • Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE
Paper 4 Writing

What’s assessed?

  • Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

How’s it assessed?

  • Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)
  • 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier
  • 25% of GCSE