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Time Allocation: As languages are selected as a GCSE options choice, 2 hours per week are allocated to its study

Exam Board: AQA GCSE French 8658   and AQA GCSE Spanish 8698              

Course Content: A summary outline of the course is as follows:


Year 9

Year 10

Year 11


-Myself, friends and relationships


-Life in the home

-Socialising, special occasions and festivals


-Media-TV, Films, music, technology

-Work experience, future study and jobs, working abroad


-Controlled Assessment (writing and speaking)


-Local area, facilities and getting    around


-Sport, outdoor pursuits and healthy lifestyle

-Holidays and exchanges


-Shopping & Eating Out

-Environmental, social and cultural issues


-Health problems


-Food and drink as aspects of culture and health

-School life in the UK and abroad

-Examination practice and revision

Formative Assessment:

Pupils will have regular assessment of speaking and writing. All pupils follow a common schedule of tasks covering each topic. There will also be regular assessment of reading and listening skills through homework and through formative assessment.

Summative Assessment:

External Exams: (40%)

Students will sit two examinations in summer of Year 11 to attain the Full Course qualification. These exams are in listening and reading and are each worth 20% of the course. It is possible to enter at foundation or higher tier. All answers will be written in English.

Controlled Assessment: (60%)

Students complete at least two writing assessments on topics from the specification under controlled conditions where access to a dictionary is permitted. Preparation will take place in lessons. The two pieces should comprise 400-600 words in total. This element is worth 30% of the total GCSE marks.

Students will also complete two oral assessments on topics from the specification under controlled conditions, although they will prepare the topic in lessons. Each assessment will last between 4 and 6 minutes. This element is also worth 30% of the total GCSE marks.


Why you should consider studying a language:

The skills of communication, listening, analysis and evaluation developed in MFL are transferable to a wide range of contexts and are always in demand from employers and institutes of further education alike. The courses aim to develop the ability to understand the spoken and written word and to consider and evaluate different points of view.

Being proficient in a language is desirable for its own sake but it is also becoming part of the entrance criteria for a small, but growing number of universities. It also forms part of the government’s EBacc measure.

What skills profile a GCSE MFL student should have:

Desirable skills include communication, organising ideas, analysing arguments and judgements, literacy, expressing opinions and justifying them

What opportunities a GCSE in Modern Foreign Languages will lead to:

Language qualifications are well-regarded and open several career paths, including, interpreting, education, law, journalism and media, and all other branches of the arts. They are also prized in science and technology, engineering and mathematics as an indicator of academic ability.

Famous linguists include: Fiona Bruce, Angus Deayton, Nigella Lawson, Rhod Gilbert

For more information, contact Mr McAteer