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Language impacts our lives every single day and allows us to express our thoughts and beliefs. Studying a second language not only provides you with the opportunity to experience different cultures and to develop as a citizen of the world, but also helps to improve your communication skills in your first language. 

Learning a language is an exciting experience where you take part in a wide variety of tasks, on a number of different topics and, when you try your hardest, you can very quickly see a big improvement in what you are able to do. This makes it an excellent subject to study to help you to improve a variety of academic skills.

In lessons we do lots of activities and we get to work in groups and speak in French.
Year 7 student

Potential career paths and further study

The value of languages is increasing as businesses and communities forge links across the globe and therefore the requirement for confident linguists is also on the rise. 

Studying a language could, therefore, be a benefit when applying to universities or jobs in the future.

I like languages because in the future I would like to travel and learning another language will really help me with this.
Year 10 student

LANGUAGES CURRICULUM INFORMATION FOR YEARS 7-11

 7

Autumn

My family and I

Hobbies

Assessment of Reading, Listening and Writing for Modules 1 and 2.

 

Spring

School

Personal descriptions

Assessment of Listening and Writing for Modules 3 and 4.

 

Summer

My town

 

Assessment of Reading, Speaking and Writing for Module 1-5.

 8

Autumn

My family and I

Hobbies

Assessment of Reading, Listening and Writing for Modules 1 and 2.

 

Spring

School

Personal descriptions

Assessment of Listening and Writing for Modules 3 and 4.

 

Summer

My town

Assessment of Reading, Speaking and Writing for Module 1-5.

 9

Autumn

Holidays

Assessment of Reading, Listening and Writing for Module 1.

 

Spring

School

Assessment of Reading, Listening and Writing for Module 2.

 

Summer

People, interests and relationships

Assessment of Reading, Listening and Writing for Module 3.

 10

Autumn

Holidays and School

Assessment of Reading, Listening and Writing for Module 1 and 2.

 

Spring

People, interests and relationships

Assessment of Reading, Listening and Writing for Module 3 and 4

 

Summer

Free time and my town

Assessment of Reading, Listening Speaking and Writing for Module 5 and 6.

 11

Autumn

Holiday and school

Assessment of Reading, Listening Speaking and Writing for Module 5 and 6.

 

Spring

Employment and the environment

Assessment of Reading, Listening Speaking and Writing for Module 7 and 8.

GCSE COURSE INFORMATION

Qualification & Board

GCSE Spanish and GCSE French 

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE)

GCSE Languages develops the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the foreign language through the study of the following topics:

Theme 1: Identity and culture.

  • Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
  • Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
  • Topic 3: Free-time activities
  • Topic 4: Customs and festivals in 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
  • Topic 3: Global issues
  • 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

Potential Career paths

Interpreter, Languages teacher, translator, journalist, diplomatic service officer, international aid worker, marketing executive, sales executive, solicitor, accountant.

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals)

Listening

35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier) 25% of GCSE

  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally
  • Section B – questions in Spanish, to be answered in Spanish or non-verbally

Speaking

60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier) 25% of GCSE

  • Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)

Reading

45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier), 25% of GCSE

  • Section A – questions in English
  • Section B
  • Section C – translation from Spanish into English Writing

Writing

 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier) 25% of GCSE

Core or Option

  Option

No Option Choices (GCSE only)

 

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent

 1 GCSE