What is GCSE French like?Watch
So, I was just wondering - what is GCSE French like? Is it a bad choice for someone who is very shy at school? Does it take a lot of work for you (i.e. more than your other subjects)?
Now I got an A* in French in the old spec does it reflect my ability? Duck no. They would give you all the questions for speaking and writing and you could prepare at home and memorise your answers. So I simply hired a PhD Level French tutor to write my essays + answers memorised them and bang! However you can't do anything remotely like this in the new spec it's all unseen and what's worse reading and listening papers are far harder, I finished French in Yr10 and now I'm doing Spanish in Yr 11 and I'm barely managing to get a 4 low C.
There is a lot of work involved, but it's perfectly manageable and still far less than the coursework subjects ( particularly Art!). If you like it, go for it, but if you are already struggling I probably wouldn't.
Do note that it used to be the case that you could achieve a C/high D through your coursework alone, and then quite easily achieve a high grade. This is now no longer the case due to the new spec.