Modern Languages

Course Outline

e.g. This is a two year GCSE course which consists of 9 themes studied throughout year 10 and year 11. Leisure and lifestyle, the media, culture and technology, home and the environment, health, education and future plans, personal identification, relationships are the main topics studied and assessed


Speaking ( Unit 3 ) and Writing ( unit 4 ) are assessed throughout Controlled Assessments ( minimum of two in each unit ). Each unit is worth 30 % of the final GCSE grade.

Listening ( unit 1 ) and Reading ( unit 2 ) are assessed on a final examination in May in year 11. Students are also assessed in those skills regularly in lessons. Each unit is worth 20% of the final GCSE Grade

Examining Board


Career Opportunities

Many careers in teaching, journalism, engineering, marketing, finance and business are offered to linguists. Information is given in details throughout the study of MFL at KS4, at Parents’ evenings and option evenings. Students also have opportunities to speak to 6th form students and to university students abut career choices and opportunities involving MFL

Teaching Methods

There are 5 hours over two weeks allocated for the study of MFL.

Our Department focuses on the teaching of vocabulary and grammar. We understand it is crucial for our students to understand how each language works and we undertake a lot of grammar, dictation and translation activities. We want the best for all students and we encourage speaking the target language with the teacher, but also in pairs and in groups. We also have a ‘ beyond the textbook approach’ and all MFL staff use and present high quality authentic resources, such as extended texts, online materials, songs and engaging activities which will help students understand not only the language but also the culture of each country.

We encourage individual and group reading, listening to a variety of scripts in the target language, speaking and extended writing.

We also strongly encourage all students to take part in our French and German exchanges which take place annually. We have a partner school in Barntrup ( Germany ) and a partner school in France ( Toulouse, France )

How is the course graded


How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (