Modern Foreign Languages


  • Mrs K Russell - Progress Leader
  • Mr J Krebs - Curriculum Development
  • Mrs A Segrott
  • Mr S England
  • Ms H Jackson
  • Miss M Nouni-Ros

In year seven half the N population will study Spanish and the D population will study French. Pupils are taught in sets according to ability. In year eight the two top sets begin German alongside their first foreign language.
In Key Stage Three (KS3), the curriculum is delivered over two hours teaching per week in years seven and three hours in year eight.

Topics studied include: myself and family; free time; house and home; food and drink; travel and transport; and holidays. There is also an opportunity for students to research both the cultural and the international dimension during their language studies.

In Key Stage Four (KS4), approximately 75 per cent of our students continue to study their core language to GCSE. The teaching groups are set according to ability. In addition, a small number of students study a second foreign language (German) as an option subject to GCSE. All GCSE students follow the traditional Edexcel course for two hours per week in year 9 and 10 and 3 hours a week in year 11. The curriculum based around the following five modules: local area holiday and travel; school; identity and culture, future aspirations, study and work; and also International and global dimension


In recent years, MFL GCSE results have maintained an upward trend, with 94 per cent of students achieving grades A*-C in German and 82 per cent in Spanish in 2016.

Choosing MFL as a GCSE Option
GCSE 2nd MFL (German)

WHAT is this subject about?

The course builds on the language skills developed in Key Stage 3 in your first MFL. Students will cover five topic areas throughout the course:

•             local area, holiday and travel
•             School
•             identity and culture
•             future aspirations, study and work
•             international and global dimension

WHY should I choose this subject?

The world is getting smaller. Faster travel and the internet link people across continents and language barriers as never before, yet 75 per cent of the world’s population don’t speak any English at all. In these fast changing times speaking English is no longer an advantage. Instead it is those students with broader language skills who are likely to have the edge.

WHEN and how am I assessed?

Until 2017:

Listening examination.  20 per cent of overall grade.                    
Reading examination.  20 per cent of overall grade.                      
Speaking.  Two speaking tests of 4-6 minutes each. 30 per cent of overall grade.  
Writing.  Two essays of 200-300 words. 30 per cent of overall grade.           
Listening and reading are assessed at the end of the course.
Speaking and writing are assessed over the GCSE course in controlled assessment conditions.

From 2017:

Listening examination.  25 per cent of overall grade.                    
Reading examination.  25 per cent of overall grade.                      
Speaking examination 25 per cent of overall grade.  
Writing examination including translation. 25 per cent of overall grade.           
All 4 elements to be tested by terminal examination at the end of the course.

WHICH subjects should I have an aptitude in?

In order to study a second foreign language you will have already demonstrated  a talent for MFL in your first foreign language achieving at least a level five by the end of the spring term. In addition, a good level of English is essential for success in MFL.

WHERE could this subject take me in the future?

AS/A level at sixth form college. In addition, a good GCSE grade in a modern foreign language is now frequently a requirement for entry onto non- language courses at the top universities. Even if you never go on to use French, Spanish or German in the future, a GCSE in the subject is highly valuable to employers as it demonstrates good communication skills. A GCSE in MFL can lead to almost any and every job to some extent due to increasing internationalisation across all sectors of commerce. Particularly: Tourism, marketing, exporting, teaching, translation and interpreting, journalism, engineering, politics, law, selling, finance.

WHO do I need to speak to for more information?

Please speak to your current MFL teacher or Mrs Russell for further advice.