Subject Template - MFL

Subject/s

 

MFL – French and Spanish

Curriculum Leader

Mrs G Perseu

Teaching Staff

Mrs G Perseu

Miss S Halpin

 

 

KS4 (Years 10 and 11) Exam Board and Course

AQA GCSE French 8658

AQA GCSE Spanish 8698

 

Course Breakdown

 

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

 

Paper 1: Listening

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

How it's 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.)

Questions:

 Foundation Tier and Higher Tier • 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

 

Paper 2: Speaking

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

How it's 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

Questions:

 The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play.

The timings are different too:

• Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at 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

Understanding and responding to different types of written language

How it's assessed:

 • Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)

• 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

• 25% of GCSE

Questions:

 Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

• 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

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

How it's 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

Questions:

 Foundation Tier

• Question 1 – message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) – 8 marks

• Question 2 – short passage (student writes 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 (student responds 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 (student responds 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 (student responds 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

 

Number of Lessons Per Week

2 lessons per week at KS3

3 lessons per week at KS4