NEW: International GCSE French (9265)

Equip your students with the international language of politics and culture

OxfordAQA International GCSE French is designed to engage and enthuse learners, equipping them with the acquisition and transactional skills to thrive in their new language. We see learning a language as more than just an academic skill, it’s a gateway to discover new cultures, countries and ways of living.

  • OxfordAQA International GCSE French is based on AQA’s market-leading UK French specification. Trusted by teachers in England for its rigour, accessibility and fairness, you can be sure that your students will be in the safest hands.
  • Designed as an introduction course and to build the foundations for further study in the second most widely learned foreign language after English. French is also the official language of key global organisations, such as the United Nations, UNESCO and NATO, and can open doors to global citizenship.
  • Our expert team have worked to tailor the specification for international schools, so you can be confident that it is culturally sensitive with vocabulary lists suited to the needs of international students and multi-cultural classrooms.
  • As part of our Fair Assessment commitment, all of our language qualifications are designed to be accessible for non-native English speakers. This means that, whilst the exams will test students’ ability in their new language, the English used for instructions and questions in the exams will be accessible to all.

International GCSE French (9265)

We have adopted a consistent, thematic approach across our languages and International GCSE English as a Second Language specifications. We hope your International GCSE French students will be reassured by this familiar format and your school can reap the benefits in terms of efficient curriculum planning and cross-curricular opportunities.

Students study 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

OxfordAQA provides the resources and advice you need to get started with and teach the International GCSE French specification effectively.

Our language qualifications are part of our new 2023 suite of International GCSE specifications. Our team of experts are busy producing more teaching and learning support resources for your team. To keep up to date with new resources available, visit our resources area for teachers.

Coming soon:

  • Switching guide
  • Training courses to help you deliver OxfordAQA International GCSE languages qualifications
  • Schemes of work to allow you to plan how to deliver the specification
  • Teaching guidance to outline clearly the scope of teaching and learning
  • Topic tests and mock exam analysers to track your students’ progress

Assessment covers all 4 skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Each paper is worth 25% of the overall mark.

  • Paper 1: Listening, 50 minutes, 40 marks.
  • Paper 2: Speaking, 20 minutes (includes 10 minutes to prepare), 40 marks.
  • Paper 3: Reading, 60 minutes, 60 marks.
  • Paper 4: Writing, 1h15 minutes, 60 marks.

We are confident our assessments will deliver the right results for your students. We want to help you to attract students of all abilities to languages and to deliver the assessments and results you and your students deserve.

With OxfordAQA, within the receptive skills papers (Reading and Listening) 55% and 80% respectively of the questions are written in English. We believe that in the context of a multilingual classroom, this approach facilitates the exam preparation process, allowing teachers to build familiarity with the rubrics.

For more details, please see the full specification document.


  • Linear: students sit all exams at the end of the course.
  • Students cannot re-sit individual components.
  • Students can re-take the whole qualification as many times as they wish.

You must be an approved OxfordAQA centre to enter students for our exams. Make sure you become an OxfordAQA centre before you start teaching a course.

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