AQA GCSE French Resources

Gcsepapers.co.uk  covers a range of AQA GCSE French Resources. 

Changes:

According to Ofqual’s announcement, these are the changes to assessment in summer 2021, for GCSE French.

Please note: these changes only apply to assessments being completed this academic year.

French Speaking

The spoken language assessment in summer 2021 will be based on reported pass, merit and distinction points rather than the prior common assessment criteria. 

The latest AQA GCSE French Resources packs for these are available on gcsepapers.co.uk.

French Writing

The 2021 Writing papers according to the Ofqual changes are including an additional optional question for the overlap question at both tiers (Question 4/Question 1), and for Higher tier Question 2

Moreover, the students have the opportunity to answer their preferred theme. For each optional question, the theme will be given in the introduction to the question in the question paper.

Foundation tier

Question 4 will be numbered in the question paper as Question 4.3. And students will need to answer one question from a choice of three.

Observe the below to find out additional options that are provided to the questions:

Higher tier

  • Question 1 will be numbered in the question paper as Question 1.3. Students will need to answer one question from a choice of three.
  • Question 2 will be numbered in the question paper as Question 2.3. Students will need to answer one question from a choice of three.

Changes in Timings

Following the Ofqual new changes, an extra five minutes are added to the scheduled exam time at both tiers for the Writing paper in 2021.

This means that:

  • Foundation tier Writing exam: 1hour and 5 minutes
  • Higher tier Writing exam: 1hour and 20 minutes.

French Vocabulary

According to the review, all of the draft Listening and Reading papers for the 2021 exams have some changes at both tiers.

Students need to understand that in Listening and Reading papers, a small number of basic vocabulary items (like primary colours, cognates/near cognates) which are not listed in the specification are also included in the papers.

GCSE French 

Specification Code: 8658

QAN Code: 601/8157/6                                    

This AQA GCSE  French qualification is linear. Linear means that students have to sit all their exams at the end of the course. GCSE Papers follow the same to provide the students with the updated syllabus.

Subject content

The themes students must study on which the assessments are based.

1: Identity and culture,

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

3: Current and future study and employment

Paper 1 Listening

Topics assessed

Understanding and responding to the French language. 

 Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) 

Higher Tier (grades 4–9). 

Students must take all four question papers at the same tier and in the same series.

Assessment Format

Written exam

  • Foundation Tier: 35 minutes

                           40 marks

  • Higher Tier: 45 minutes

                               50 marks 

  • 25% of GCSE

Before the listening prompt each exam includes 5 minutes of reading time of the question paper.

Mode of paper for both Foundation and Higher Tiers  

  • Section A – questions in English, answer in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in French, answer in French or non-verbally

Paper 2 Speaking

Topics assessed

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech.

  • Non-exam assessment
  • Foundation Tier: 7–9 minutes+ preparation time

                                               60 marks 

  • Higher Tier: 10–12 minutes  + preparation time

                                         60 marks 

  • 25% of GCSE

Mode of paper for both Foundation and Higher Tiers  

The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier.

But stimulus questions are different for the Photocard and different stimulus materials for the Role-play. 

Changes in timings:

  • Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)

Paper 3 Reading

Topics assessed

Understanding and responding to the French written language

Written exam: 

  • Foundation Tier: 45 minutes

                                       60 marks

  • Higher Tier: 1 hour

                                60 marks

  • 25% of GCSE

Mode of paper for both Foundation and Higher Tiers  

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally
  • Section C – translation from French into English (a minimum of 35 words for Foundation Tier and 50 words for Higher Tier)

Paper 3 Reading

Topics assessed

Understanding and responding to the French written language

Written exam:

  • Foundation Tier: 1 hour 

                                       50 marks

  • Higher Tier: 1 hour 15 minutes 

                               60 marks

  • 25% of GCSE

Mode of paper for both Foundation and Higher Tiers  

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in French, to be answered in French or non-verbally
  • Section C – translation from French into English (a minimum of 35 words for Foundation Tier and 50 words for Higher Tier)

Paper 4 Writing

Topics assessed

Communicating effectively in writing 

Written exam

  • Foundation Tier: 45 minutes

                                       60 marks

  • Higher Tier: 1 hour

                                60 marks

  • 25% of GCSE

Foundation Tier

  • Question 1 – message (produce four sentences in response to a photo) 

8 marks

  • Question 2 – a short passage (write a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) 

16 marks

  • Question 3 – translation from English into French (minimum 35 words) 

10 marks

  • Question 4 – structured writing task (respond to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total)

there is a choice from two questions 

16 marks

Higher Tier

  • Question 1 – structured writing task (respond to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions

16 marks

  • Question 2 – open-ended writing task (respond to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions 

32 marks

  • Question 3 – translation from English into French (minimum 50 words) 

12 marks

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