Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Key Stage 3 French/German


  • Skills: Reading, writing, speaking, listening, how to use a dictionary, how to be an independent learner.
  • Knowledge: Learn cultural knowledge about French/German speaking countries. Learn how to communicate by learning language such as different tenses and moods, vocabulary, adjectives, conjugating verbs, connectives and other grammar. Focus on pronunciation and phonetics.
  • Literacy: Big emphasis on spelling, connectives, capital letters and other punctuation in reading and writing such as presentation skills.
  • Numeracy: Students learn numbers by telling the time, saying prices and giving personal information (age and birthday). Crack the code and numeracy starters tasks are varied

Students are assessed in class by their teachers and their peers, and by using self-assessment, in the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Formal exams are taken in Years 7, 8 and 9 to prepare for the new style GCSE exams, which are mostly exam based again.

Extra-curricular Opportunities
Cross curricular visits abroad are organized for all year groups on both sites on a rolling programme.

Who to speak to for further information
Mrs Tina Ollerenshaw (Subject Leader and whole-college International Co-ordinator, French teacher)
Mrs Yvonne Herbert (French and German teacher)
Mrs Rosie Thomas (French teacher KS3)

French or German GCSE

French or German GCSE

What will you be learning?
You may choose either GCSE French or German as one of your option subjects, or both for two options. Edexcel and AQA are the Examination Boards we use.

Content of the Course
You will learn how to communicate effectively in French/German in a variety of situations, and you will learn about the culture and civilisation of the French/German-speaking countries. The four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be developed so that, by the end of the course, you will have a sound base in the skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure.
The topics covered will help you to deal with situations an English tourist might come across, from basic conversations in cafes or hotels to reporting accidents and returning unsatisfactory goods to a shop (situations which help develop social as well as linguistic skills!) Computer-based learning will help to extend your knowledge and give ‘real-life’ examples.
In teaching French/German, we will encourage you to fulfil your personal potential in the acquisition of this valuable life skill. If we have enough interest, there will be the possibility of work experience/trip/exchange abroad.

Method of Assessment: 
There are two tiers of assessment. You will be entered for either Foundation (grade 1-5) or Higher level (grade 4-9). Each skill area is worth 25% of the final grade. Dictionaries are no longer allowed in any of the final assessments.

Listening and reading are tested by short examination papers. The themes for these skills are:

  • Theme 1: Identity and Culture (me, myself, my family and friends, relationships, technology, social media, freetime, food and eating out and customs and festivals in target language communities).
  • Theme 2: Local, National, International and Global areas of interest (home, home town, region, social issues, global issues, travel and tourism, charity/voluntary work, healthy lifestyles, the environment, poverty/homelessness).
  • Theme 3: Current and Future Study (my studies, life at school/college, post-16 education, careers, choices and ambitions)
  • Speaking is tested in one terminal examination. It will include a role play task, a photo card stimulus task and a general conversation lasting 10-12 minutes. You MUST ask questions during the speaking examination.
  • Writing will be examined in one single examination. For Foundation level you will be required to write single sentences, a 40 word paragraph, prose task approx. 35 words, and a 90 word essay. For higher level you will be required to write a 90 word essay, a 150 word essay and a prose task approx. 50 words.

Throughout the course, there are regular tests and feedback to help you keep track of your progress.

What other learning could you do:
You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A-level in Modern Languages.
With further training, you could go into a job related to Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your languages qualification to study or work abroad.
You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.
Learning a language can open up many possibilities, both in personal and career terms. GCSE French/German forms an excellent foundation for studying the subject at A-level, but also provides skills that are useful in a wide range of Sixth Form courses.

What career options do you have?
The ability to speak a foreign language is a valuable skill for Business courses and for work in the tourism, marketing and leisure industries. Careers where there is currently a demand for language skills include marketing and PR, finance and banking, media, travel and tourism, event organiser, international sales manager, customer relations, technology and engineering.

Where Can I Find More Information:
You can contact the College, talk to your Personal Careers Advisor or College careers staff.

A-level French and German

These are 2 year courses

What will you learn?
This course will enable students to develop their linguistic skills alongside their understanding of the culture and society of countries where French and German is spoken. Students will study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. It builds on your GCSE language skills through the study of the highlights of artistic culture, including music and cinema and they will learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the French/German speaking world. Students will explore the influence of the past on the present day communities and explore the issues and influences which have shaped them.
Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. You will continue to use ICT, mainly via the web based resources to practise and perfect your oral and listening skills. Opportunities to visit French-speaking countries may be offered where possible, either as work experience, exchanges or residential trips. Additional self-study is expected: you will need to have an interest in current French/German affairs and keep up to date with important news events affecting the French/German speaking world.

Content of the course:

  • social issues and trends
  • political and artistic culture
  • grammar
  • literary texts and films

This course is linear which means you will sit all exams at the end of the course, 100% end of course exam.


  1. written examination; 2h 30 minutes; 100 marks 50% of A-level
  2. one text and one film or two texts; 2 hours; 80 marks = 20% of A-level
  3. research project (oral exam); 21-23 mins; 60 marks = 30% of A-level

What other learning could you do:
With further training, you could go into a job related to  Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your language to study or work in Europe.
You could also go straight into a job as the A-level is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.
Students may wish to take a gap year  to improve their spoken fluency in before embarking on a degree course.

What career options do you have?
Foreign languages are sought after by employers, and possible careers include teaching, translating, interpreting, secretarial work, law, tourism, and international business occupations. Universities offer a range of courses in specific languages, and also with combinations such as Law, Business, Maths, Marketing and Tourism.

Where can I find more information:
You can contact the College or ask your Languages teachers