Key Stage 4 Years 10/11

The department offers qualifications in WJEC GCSE French. 

The GCSE course expands on the vocabulary and structures built up in years 7, 8 and 9. It aims to develop the four language skills and to extend knowledge of the way the language works.

This GCSE specification in French for use in Wales is based on a conviction that learners studying a modern foreign language will develop their desire and ability to communicate with and understand speakers of French in a variety of contexts and for a variety of purposes. The specification supports the aim that the study of a modern foreign language will broaden horizons, develop cultural knowledge and understanding and foster transferable skills such as confidence, communication, problem solving and creativity. The specification also aims to provide learners with a solid foundation on which to prepare them for future language study.


The qualification is broken up into 4 units.


Unit 1: Speaking Oral test: 25% of qualification.

Unit 2: Listening test: 25% of qualification.


Unit 3: Reading test: 25% of qualification.


Unit 4: Writing test: 25% of qualification.


For full details of the current specification visit the WJEC website.


Why take French at GCSE and A Level.


Anyone who can speak French can communicate with around 200 million people in their own language as French is not only spoken in France but also in Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, and several African nations and in many other countries around the world.

  • France is the nearest country to the UK on mainland Europe, and speaking the language is an indispensable tool for a trip abroad. France is the top tourist destination in the world and the possibilities are endless when it comes to holidays, far too many to list here!

  • Speaking French will enhance your job prospects as many employers will choose the candidate who can speak a foreign language over the one who can’t.

  • Having a language at GCSE can be of benefit as many jobs requiring language skills need them as a secondary qualification.

  • Learning a foreign language develops a variety of skills – communication, presentation, problem-solving, organisation and independence.

  • 94% of the world’s population do not have English as their native language and 75% of the world’s population speaks no English at all.

  • It can improve your English as it heightens your awareness of structure and grammar.

  • 60% of Britain’s exports go to non-English speaking countries and 20% of UK exports are adversely affected by barriers in language or cultural ignorance. One of the main reasons for companies losing business abroad is the inability to communicate in the client’s language.

  • Over 20% of employers say that they need employees who are more competent in languages.

  • University entrants have a better chance of getting on a languages course than in any other subject.

  • It can make you a more tolerant and open-minded person as it offers an insight into other cultures. 

  • It opens doors and creates opportunities. 

  • It can make travel and leisure more exciting and interesting. 

  • Speaking French gives you a better understanding of France’s rich culture and heritage, as well as its fascinating history.

  • The ability to communicate in another language allows you to get to know new people and build new relationships, as well as communicate with day-to-day activities.


Speaking French is a real asset and can be combined with a degree in the sciences, law, business, history or politics. You often have the opportunity to spend a year abroad, studying your main subject in university in France, Belgium or even Canada.


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