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French, German, Spanish

Examination Board:  AQA                       

Specification codes:        French 8658 German 8668 Spanish 8698                                                                                                                   

The Modern Foreign Languages Department has an excellent record of its pupils achieving outstanding results from a broad range of abilities.We hope that all pupils who intend to stay on to do A Levels in the Sixth Form and go on to university will take a Modern Foreign Language GCSE. The study of modern languages is useful for both leisure and business in view of the increasingly global nature of modern society.


What you will study

French, German and Spanish GCSE exams have the same format and assessment procedure. As at Key Stage 3, pupils work towards being examined in each of the four skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing covering the following topics:


Identity And Culture


Local, National, International And Global Areas Of Interest


Current And Future Study And Employment


- Me, my family and friends

- Technology in everyday life

- Free-time activities

- Customs and festivals in the target language-speaking countries/communities

- Home, town, neighbourhood and region

- Social issues

- Global issues

- Travel and tourism

- My studies

- Life at school/college

- Education post-16

- Jobs, career choices and ambitions


The aim of the MFL course

The course will encourage pupils to develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing. The study of one or 2 languages should also broaden their horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world.

This course will enable pupils to:

  • develop their ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers
  • express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently
  • listen to and understand clearly articulated, standard speech at near normal speed
  • deepen their knowledge about how language works and enrich their vocabulary
  • develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where the language is spoken
  • develop language learning skills both for immediate use and to prepare them for further language study in school, higher education or employment


How you will be assessed

The 4 skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing will be assessed at either Foundation or Higher level, each representing 25% of the overall GCSE mark.

There are no controlled assessments; all examinations will take place at the end of the course.


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