Modern Foreign Languages

At Key Stage 4 students follow the AQA specification. Students will learn about a wide range of topics, as listed below. There is a particular emphasis on communication, memory skills and knowledge of grammar.

All students follow a GCSE course; the tier of entry is not decided until after students have sat their final mock examination in the Spring term of Year 11.

The entry tier in Year 11 dictates the grades that are accessible; these are listed below:

Foundation 1 2 3 4 5        
Higher       4 5 6 7 8 9

 

The course assesses the following skill areas:

  • Listening (Paper 1) – 25% (external assessment)
  • Speaking (Paper 2) – 25% (external assessment)
  • Reading (Paper 3) – 25% (external assessment)
  • Writing (Paper 4) – 25% (external assessment)

 

Course content at KS4:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Marriage / partnership

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

  • Social media
  • Mobile technology

Topic 3: Free-time activities

  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • Food and eating out
  • Sport

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French/Spanish-speaking countries/communities

 

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

  • Charity/volunteer work
  • Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues

  • The environment
  • Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

 

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions