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.

n GCSE Spanish, students of all abilities will be able to develop their Spanish language skills, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence. Students will explore a variety of themes based on identity, culture, global areas of interest as well as future study and employment. The course aims to promote Spanish within the context of everyday life, relating to students’ own lifestyle and that of other people, including people in other countries and communities. Students will be able to use the target language spontaneously through role plays as well as practising their listening and writing skills. There will also be opportunities to work with our foreign language assistant who will help them to develop their oracy skills. Furthermore, there are fantastic opportunities to attend educational trips to Barcelona as well as exchange visits from Spanish speaking schools.

Linear Qualification
25% Paper 1 Listening (questions in English and Spanish)
25% Paper 2 Speaking (role play, photo card and conversation)
25% Reading (questions in English and Spanish. Translation Spanish to English)
25% Writing (structured writing task 90 words, open ended writing task 150 words. Translation English to Spanish)

I chose to do Spanish for GCSE as the language and culture fascinated me. Also it would allow me to communicate with different people around the world as it is also the third most spoken language. It was also especially helpful for me because I go to Spain a lot during the holidays, so knowing how to speak the language will make it much easier for me to communicate with people over there. Furthermore, having a language will give me access to better career opportunities and will enable me to develop a different set of skills. Emma Graham - Stuart House

Entry Criteria & Progression

With the competition for university places growing ever fiercer, it is advantageous to have a foreign language qualification. A foreign language is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious academic subjects and also favoured by higher education institutions due to the communication skills that it helps students to develop.
Just think about the work and study possibilities at home and abroad in today’s global market that you may be opening up for yourself if you study a language. Critical thinking skills also improve as you learn to see the world through a different cultural perspective so learning a second language actually stimulates your creative streak too!