Curriculum – Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages


Key Stage 3 - Year 7 - 9

Students in Year 7 are placed in either a French or German class and they study that language for 5 hours per timetable cycle.

Students who are selected for Grammar and Enigma groups from Year 8 pick up the other language as a second foreign language (FL2.) Grammar and Enigma students study their first foreign language for four hours and their second foreign language for two hours per timetable cycle. This continues throughout Year 9.

Students in Aspire groups continue with one language for the remainder of KS3.

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 & 11

Students can opt for either French or German (or both) at GCSE level.

  • Students on Pathways 1 and 2a have to take a language.
  • Students on Pathway 2b may take a language after consultation with staff.
  • Students on Pathway 3 do not take a language at GCSE level.

The New Specification 9-1 GCSE course for French and German is taught over two years and all examinations are sat at the end of Year 11.

There is equal weighting between the four skill areas of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing with each making up 25% of the total grade.

There is an opportunity for any students who are proficient in other languages to sit GCSE examinations and to gain a formal qualification in them through our Additional Languages programme. (This is subject to a qualification in the chosen language being offered by an exam board.)

Additional Information

There are a number of extra-curricular and enrichment activities offered by the MFL department including Japanese Club, French Culture Club and German Handball Club.

The MFL department offers an established programme for the development of student leadership. Language Leaders have the opportunity to lead on a variety of projects and initiatives throughout the year such as assemblies, the pop up MFL caf├ęs and Christmas Markets, European Day of Languages and German and French Christmas baking.

In Year 11 students have the opportunity to take part in a four day GCSE study tour to the Christmas Markets in either Paris or Cologne.