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Modern Foreign Languages

In today’s international world, foreign language skills are in demand and highly regarded by employers, universities and all leading institutions. A foreign language qualification not only recognizes your expertise in a particular language but also says a lot about you as a person. Foreign language pupils acquire many skills which are very relevant in the world of work and higher education. These skills include:


  • Effective communication skills
  • The ability to appreciate and adapt to cultural diversity
  • The ability to think creatively and then express ideas clearly


The above skills are developed through the study of a foreign language and can be applied to the study of any new foreign language at a later stage.


Course Outline

In the new AQA specifications for French and German, pupils develop their language skills within a variety of topic areas based on three ‘GCSE Themes’. These cover a wide range of themes relevant to today’s young people, providing them with a worthwhile course of study, which guarantees a suitable basis for further study and practical use of modern languages beyond GCSE.

Assessment Information

Assessment takes place in 4 skill areas: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. These skills are tested as formal examinations in Year 11.

Other Information

To help with their linguistic development, there are established links with Hermann-Lietz-Schule Haubinda in Westhausen, Germany. Pupils will also have access to Foreign Language Assistants when available.

GCSE linguists also receive access to online support websites which provide extensive independent practice materials.

A Level

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) A Levels are for those interested in communication and in international issues. Having an MFL qualification improves employability, particularly in multinational companies.

MFL students develop their communication skills using increasingly accurate, complex and varied language. The courses will be satisfying and worthwhile for those who intend to continue to degree level and also for students who do not intend to take their language study further. Many embark on a new language at university. Recent alumni have gone on to learn Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Italian and Spanish. Students are encouraged to spend time in France or Germany.

Course Outline


Students consider issues which affect their lives. Topics are: Media – television, advertising and communication technology.

Popular Culture - cinema; music and fashion trends.

Healthy Living – sport, health and holidays.

Family – relationships, friendships and partnerships.


Students become familiar with more global aspects of society and with the cultural background and heritage of countries where the language is spoken. Topics include the environment, the multi-cultural society and contemporary social issues. The A2 course includes two cultural topics, which can include the study of a novelist or a film director.


For AS and A2 there are combined listening, reading and writing exams and separate orals.

Minimum entry requirements

Candidates should have at least a Grade B at GCSE and a desire to travel.