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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/AQA GCSE Spanish 8698         

What you will learn by studying French/Spanish       
Course Content: A summary outline of the course is as follows: 


Year 9 

Year 10 

Year 11 


-Me, my family and friends: Relationships with family and friends  


-Transactions: Making plans 

-Customs and festivals in French/Spanish-Speaking countries/communities 

-Technology in everyday life: social media and mobile technology 

-Free time activities: Music, cinema and TV 

-Social issues: Healthy/unhealthy living 

-Current and future study: Education post-16/Jobs, career choices and ambitions  



-Town, neighbourhood and region 

-Transactions: getting around 

-Travel and tourism 

- Me, my family and friends: Marriage/partnerships 

-Social issues: Charity/voluntary work 

-Global issues: The environment 

Social issues: Poverty/homelessness 


-Free-time activities: sport 

-Free-time activities: Eating out 

-Current and future study: my studies 

-Current and future study: Life at school/college 

-Examination practice and revision 

How Assessment is organised
All pupils follow a common scheme of assessment. Regular assessments of speaking, writing, reading, translation into English and into the Target Language, dictation and listening are carried out in lessons and for homework.  

Summative Assessment

External Exams: (100%) 
Students will sit examinations in summer of Year 11 to attain the Full Course qualification. These exams are in speaking, listening and reading, including translation from Target Language and writing including translation into the Target Language. Each of the 4 papers is worth 25% of the whole GCSE. It is possible to enter at foundation or higher tier, although one cannot mix tiers.  

Listening: Pupils will respond in writing to questions in spoken French/Spanish. 

Speaking: Pupils will do a role-play, discuss a photo card and carry out a general conversation based on the themes above. 

Reading: Pupils will respond to a range of texts in French/Spanish, including literary texts, and will translate into English. 

Writing: Pupils will write responses of varying lengths in French/Spanish, and will translate into French/Spanish. 


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 should a GCSE French/Spanish student 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 -  Curriculum Leader for Modern Foreign Languages.