GCSE French

  • Teaching from: September 2016
  • Exams from: June 2018
  • Specification code: 8658
  • QAN code: 601/8157/6

Our GCSE French specification has been created with teachers to ensure our assessments are clear and accessible, with a range of topics which aim to expand students’ cultural knowledge.

Students will be tested in listening, reading, speaking and writing and will develop transferable skills, relevant to further study and the world of work. The range of topics within the specification aims to inspire students who are interested in French culture and French speaking countries.

We’ve also created a variety of resources to support you in planning, teaching and assessing this specification, in a way that stimulates and motivates your students.


Specification at a glance

Past papers and mark schemes

Teaching resources



Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

All planning resources



Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

All teaching resources



Prepare your students for assessment. Specimen and past papers, mark schemes, example answers.

All assessment resources

Key dates

  • 12 May 2020 Exam for GCSE French Paper 1 (8658/LF)
    Series: June 2020
    Start time: am
    Duration: 35m
  • 12 May 2020 Exam for GCSE French Paper 1 (8658/LH)
    Series: June 2020
    Start time: am
    Duration: 45m
  • 12 May 2020 Exam for GCSE French Paper 3 (8658/RH)
    Series: June 2020
    Start time: am
    Duration: 1h

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I believe AQA has worked diligently to digest the regulatory requirements and develop a specification that is fit for purpose to suit the needs of UK students.

Leigh Milkamanavicius, Director of Languages, Walsall Academy

Leigh Milkamanavicius

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