Modern Foreign Languages

Being able to communicate in another language opens doors in students' future lives and careers, providing personal enrichment and making pupils more competitive in the jobs market in Europe and the rest of the world.

We aim to provide our students with enjoyable, relevant and enriching lessons, encouraging them to develop the necessary skills needed to become life-long learners of languages.

What will I study?

  French German Spanish
Year 7
  • Introducing yourself
  • Talking about others
  • School
  • Present tense
  • Sport and leisure activities
  • The French-speaking world
 
  • Introductions
  • Family
  • Free time
  • Weather
  • The present
  • School
  • Subjects
Year 8
  • Local area
  • Holidays
  • Future tense 
  • Media
  • The Internet
  • School subjects
  • Timetable
  • Introductions
  • Family
  • Other people
  • Animals
  • Present tense activities
  • Descriptions
  • Housing
  • Family
  • Town
  • Weather
  • Future activities
  • Holiday activities
  • Transport
  • Past tense
Year 9
  • Discovering Paris
  • Past tense
  • My life
  • Food
  • The environment
  • Film Study (Les Choristes)
  • Holidays
  • Past and present
  • Different forms of media
  • Food and health
  • Future intentions
  • TV and cinema
  • Technology
  • Past and future tenses
  • Food
  • Diet
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping for food
  • Holiday preferences
  • Activities
  • Booking a hotel
  • Holiday disasters
Year 10 & 11
  • Free time
  • Festivals
  • Local area
  • Social issues
  • Holidays
  • School/education
  • Employment/careers
  • Environment/global issues
  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study
  • Education
  • Mi Gente
  • Free time
  • Town
  • Food and diet
  • Employment and future study
  • Environment
  • Global issues

How will I be assessed?

GCSE Exam Board: AQA

Paper 1: Listening (25%)
  • Section A: Questions and answers in English
  • Section B: Questions and answers in French/German/Spanish
  • Duration: 30 minutes (Foundation tier)/45 minutes (Higher tier)
Paper 2: Speaking (25%)
  • Section A: Role play
  • Section B: Photo card
  • Section C: Conversation
  • Duration: 7-9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time (Foundation tier)/10-12 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time (Higher tier)
Paper 3: Reading (25%)
  • Section A: Questions and answers in English
  • Section B: Questions and answers in French/German/Spanish
  • Duration: 45 minutes (Foundation tier)/1 hour (Higher tier)
Paper 4: Writing (25%)

Foundation Tier

  • Question 1: Message in response to a photo (4 sentences)
  • Question 2: Short passage in response to 4 bullet points (40 words task)
  • Question 3: Translation from English into French/German/Spanish
  • Question 4: Structured writing task in response to 4 bullet points (90 words task)
  • Duration: 1 hour

Higher Tier

  • Question 1: Structured writing task in response to 4 bullet points (90 words task)
  • Question 2: Open-ended writing task (150 words task)
  • Question 3: Translation from English into French/German/Spanish
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

What else can I get involved in?

European Day of Languages

Find out more about European countries and enjoy language-based quizzes!

French and Spanish Spelling Bee

We hold a competition to encourage correct spelling and pronunciation.

GCHQ National Language Competition

New for this year... coming soon!

GCSE Support

We offer support for your exams after school - speak to your teachers for details!

Languages Competition 

We join a range of national competitions all year, such as the Anthea Bell Translation Competition, Translation Bee Competition, Francophone Competition and more!

Linguistics Club

New for this year... coming soon!

Trip to Berlin, Germany

The History and German visit to Berlin aims to provide cultural enrichment and an all-round experience to German History and Language in order for students to develop a better understanding of German life, both past and present. Day trips include a visit to the Holocaust memorial, Sachsenhausen, the Reichstag and a trip to Berlin Zoo!

UK-German Connection (British Council Scholarships)

We support annual applications to the UK-German connection youth ambassador schemes. Students from Year 10 and Year 12 have the opportunity to stay with a host family and visit a German school for two weeks during the summer holidays.

The project also encourages participants to deliver a presentation to a local primary school about their experience, thus developing important communication and presentation skills, whilst also inspiring younger students to pursue their language learning.

What career could I have with a qualification in Modern Foreign Languages?

Courses you could study at university include:

  • Economics
  • History
  • Journalism
  • French/German/Spanish
  • Teacher Training

Careers which require a Languages qualification include:

  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Diplomatic Service Officer
  • Education Consultant
  • English as a Foreign Language Teacher
  • International Aid Worker
  • Marketing Executive
  • Patent Examiner
  • Private Tutor
  • Tour Manager