Key Stage







Valid for

2018 - 2019






Modern Foreign Languages

Course Content & Assessment

Such a broad and specialist Faculty offers nothing but the best in terms of quality of teaching and learning and we are justifiably proud of our language results which are significantly higher than the national average.
The European dimension is brought ever closer through the range of trips and visits offered by members of the Faculty, including a four day cultural visit to Paris, a study visit to Barcelona and Post-16 work experience to Spain.

The majority of our students continue to study at least one foreign language at GCSE level.
We follow the AQA specification for all three languages. The course aims to develop students’ language skills within a variety of contexts, relating to their own lifestyle and that of other people, including people in countries/communities where the Target Language is spoken. The course builds on Key Stage 3 study and prepares students for further study.

At QE School, we are passionate about the benefits of learning French. We strongly believe in languages as a skill for life and something students should enjoy and find rewarding. French classes at GCSE are interactive, fun and full of surprises. There are lots of activities to help your listening, reading, speaking and writing and for once, your teacher can’t tell you off for talking! One lesson you may be learning a song to help remember some grammar, the next you could be writing your horoscope in French. Your progress is really noticeable, soon you'll start talking more, picking up more information in the listening exercises and understanding what you read and all this in... French!

At GCSE level, students will study a breadth of topics which are relevant to them:
Theme 1: Identity and culture
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

This is a linear qualification. In order to achieve the award, students must complete all assessments at the end of the course.
Paper 1 Listening 25%
Paper 2 Speaking 25%
Paper 3 Reading 25%
Paper 4 Writing 25%

Bonjour! I currently take French GCSE. Honestly it wasn’t my first choice. However I know you can’t really get into university without a language. I actually now love French (though I didn’t use to) as I’m learning so much and enjoying all my lessons, I’m already considering French for A level! Iona-Megan Berrie - Lancaster House

Entry Criteria & Progression

Minimum Subject Criteria: GCSE grade B.