French, German, Spanish

Aims of the subject:

We aim to promote a love of language learning and an openness to other cultures and mindsets. The GCSE course will enable students to manipulate and use the target language effectively, independently and creatively so that they have a solid basis from which to progress to A Level or employment.

GCSE Examination Board: Edexcel

Assessment Overview:

The exam consists of 4 externally examined papers based on the following skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will complete the speaking exam in May and the other assessments in May/ June. Each paper is available at Foundation or Higher tier but pupils must sit all papers in one tier, they may not sit a combination of tiers.

Each paper is worth 25% of the final mark.


Year Topics Assessment
  • Identity and culture
  • Local area, holiday and travel
  • School
  • Exam in all four skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing
  • Regular vocabulary tests
  • Your child will be issued with an Edexcel textbook, a grammar workbook and a vocabulary booklet.
  • Future aspirations, study and work
  • International and global dimension


Extra-curricular opportunities:

Trips to be arranged

How you can support your child’s progress

Encourage your child to learn vocabulary thoroughly and regularly. A “little and often” approach is best. When doing written work, make sure your child uses the language covered in class and in the text books rather than resorting to an online translator, as this can result in very inaccurate written pieces. The best maxim is “use the French/German/ Spanish you know, and don’t worry about what you don’t know.” Encourage him or her to teach members of the family some of the language and encourage them to speak to you in the language. Make use of the wealth of online language sites available. We recommend the following; /   /   you tube channel : Easy French/ Easy German / Easy Spanish