Modern Foreign Language GCSEs

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Languages are really important in today’s world.  The internet and travel bring together people who speak many different languages and being able to speak a language is a skill that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Many careers in law, music, science, business, journalism, armed forces and education value language skills. It may seem that everyone speaks English but that’s not true - 80% of the world's population do not.


We aim to inspire students to use the languages we teach with confidence and to be open to learning new languages.  The process of learning a foreign language is both rewarding and enriching. The skills gained by learning a language complement other curriculum areas and are viewed favourably by employers, colleges, and universities.  A GCSE in a modern foreign language is one of the subjects of the English Baccalaureate.


Most students will continue to study one modern foreign language in curriculum time and for those who wish to study two or more languages, GCSE French, German and Spanish are available.  A small number of students could start GCSE Italian in curriculum time and should seek advice from Mrs Cassar or Mrs Simister.  Ideally, students who choose Spanish or Italian should have attended the Year 9 twilight class as they will have to cover the GCSE content at an accelerated rate.




Students will continue to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Topics covered include friendships, relationships, sports and hobbies, TV, film and music; local area, holiday and travel; school, study and work; international and global issues and events.




Students can be entered at either Foundation or Higher Level across all skill areas. The level at which students are entered is based on progress during the course.  Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are assessed separately by terminal examination.


  • Speaking: a discussion based on a picture, an extended role play and a short conversation. (25%)

  • Reading & Listening: most tasks are of the multiple-choice, matching and sequencing type with some questions in the target language. The reading paper will contain a short translation from the target language into English. (50%)

  • Writing: students will write about a variety of topic areas up to a maximum of 150 words. The paper includes a short translation from English into the target language. (25%)




A GCSE in a modern foreign language enables students to continue learning a language at a higher level at college and is valued by universities as a language can complement any degree course.  Some top universities may require students to have a modern foreign language to access certain degrees.

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