Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11, students follow the AQA GCSE French course, specification code 4655.  Here is the link:

The site contains everything you need to know about the course and there are vocab lists and much exam practice materials.

Please also see the pages on Controlled Assessment for more details on how to study and prepare for assessment.

Some very useful links can be found here:

Students should use this dictionary for KS4, which is our approved dictionary:

If students want to translate from French into English, Google Translate or another translator is fine.  It is also very useful if you want to hear the language you have typed in – it’s perfect:

Please DON’T let your child use Google Translate or a translator for translating INTO French.  Firstly, it makes a bad job of it and your child doesn’t realise she or he is talking nonsense, and, secondly, your child learns very little from the exercise.  They must use a dictionary, preferably Wordreference, where they can see language in context with examples.  Using Google Translate for translating into French is worse than ‘cheating’ by copying another child’s homework, for example.  We explain this carefully to students all through Key Stage 3 and 4.  It is becoming even more important with increasing use of ipads.  It is very important for students of languages to use the right tools for the right job so that effective learning results.

These videos are excellent for practising all the skills and grammar and they are at just the right level, even though they are more for adult intermediate learners:

Zut is a great website for GCSE topics and is free between 4pm and 9am, when it’s free!

Languages Online is a great resource for GCSE and there is lots of it!

BBC Bitesize Revision, is, of course, a very important source of revision and exam preparation:

There are many other useful websites and apps for language learning, but please take special note of the uses of a dictionary and a translator.

Here is the course content.  Controlled assessment dates are on the college website.  We explain what the controlled assessment ‘window’ is on the controlled assessment page.

Autumn Term Year 10

Education and Work
Describing your school

Your timetable
Talking about rules and regulations
Difficulties of school
Future education plans
Part time jobs and work experience
Your future career
Different kinds of work
Grammar work on past, present, future and conditional tenses

Controlled assessment in Writing

Spring Term Year 10

My Town and Home

Talking about where you live and your home
Describing towns

Environmental issues

Problems in your area

Media, Entertainment and Social Activities
Going out to the cinema
What you did last weekend
Discussing music, books, magazines and films
Discussing TV and advertising

Going out to eat

Technology and communications.

Grammar work on past, present, future and conditional tenses
Revision activities
Controlled assessment in Speaking

Summer Term Year 10

Going shopping
Shopping for clothes
Spending pocket money

Special occasions and festivals

Autumn Term Year 11

Past Holidays
Different types of Holiday
Places to stay
Accommodation problems
Describing a house and its rooms
Grammar work on past, present, future and conditional tenses

Revision Activities
Controlled assessment in Writing

Spring Term Year 11

Asking about journeys and modes of transport
Buying tickets and getting around at the station
Transport and Environmental issues
My Life
Describing personality
Talking about relationships
Talking about friends
Helping at home
Food likes and dislikes
Healthy eating
Healthy lifestyles
Dealing with illness
Discussing addiction

Controlled Assessment in Speaking

Summer Term Year 11
Grammar work on past, present, future and conditional tenses.

Revision Activities

Past Papers and Revision