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Key Stage 4 Options Booklet 2017/2018

Modern Foreign Languages Department

Success in a Modern Foreign Language is becoming more and more important in the current world due to the rich and diverse culture in which we live. Having a language will improve your chances of getting a good job in the future and a place at a top university. The Languages Department will encourage you to work more independently in preparation for Higher Education and will provide you with learning opportunities so that you can showcase your talents.

The Department is fortunate in having experienced staff including native French, German and Spanish speakers.

Courses and options offered in MFL

  • GCSE French
  • GCSE German
  • GCSE Spanish
  • GCSE Latin

Trips and Visits

The Modern Languages Department regularly organises a range of trips to mainland Europe. In previous years, these have included cultural visits to Barcelona for Years 11, 12 and 13 students of Spanish, trips to the Christmas Markets in Aachen and Cologne for students of German in Years 10 and 11 and a Work Experience trip for Year 12 and 13 students of French.

GCSE in French, German or Spanish
Exam BoardAQA
AssessmentExternally set examinations

This is a core course, taught over three lessons per week. It seeks to develop an understanding of the chosen language in both its written and spoken form in a number of different contexts. Through their learning of their respective languages, students are encouraged to develop their knowledge of the people and culture in the country where the target language is spoken and thereby to develop a greater understanding of and positive attitudes towards those cultures.

As students’ awareness of the structure and grammar of the language improves, their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills will also develop.

Units studied

During the study of this course, students will cover a number of topics grouped broadly under the following four themes:

  • Lifestyle
  • Leisure
  • Work and Education
  • Home and Environment
Progression to Sixth FormThis course is specifically designed to prepare students for further study of their chosen language at A Level. Students will also be able to experience a series of AS style lessons during their Year 11 studies to fully prepare them for higher level study of a language. The learning of French/German or Spanish grammar is of particular importance for higher level study.
GCSE in Latin
Exam BoardEduqas
AssessmentExternally set examinations
OverviewThis is an optional course, taught over two lessons per week. It aims to provide a foundation in linguistic and cultural competence, enabling learners to gain knowledge and understanding of the Roman world through reading and responding to its language and literature.
Units studied

Students will use the Cambridge Latin course method and will be assessed on three aspects:

  • Latin Language (worth 50% of the qualification)
  • Latin Literature and Sources (worth 30% of the qualification)
  • Roman Civilisation (worth 20% of the qualification)
Progression to Sixth FormA-Level in Latin is not currently offered.
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