Modern Foreign Languages


Students follow the National Curriculum, which is divided into four Attainment Targets (skills):

·         Listening  

·         Speaking   

·         Reading   

·         Writing

All carry equal weighting.

The target language (French / Spanish) is introduced from the beginning. No previous knowledge is presumed. All language and grammatical structures are taught in context.

Ø  In Year 7, half of the cohort is taught French and the other half Spanish. In both languages, they learn how to introduce themselves and ask questions, describe their family and pets, the weather, local area, school, the time and activities. They also learn basic vocabulary such as describing how they are feeling, numbers, dates and colours.

Ø  In Year 8, students continue to study the language learnt in Year 7. However, the top set students will also learn the other language. Students learn how to describe jobs, activities in the past tense, holidays, the near future tense, school, food, invitations and going to the cinema.

Ø  In Year 9, students continue to learn the language they started in Year 7 (both languages for the top set students). They learn more about healthy living, how to describe their routine, use the past tense, talk about healthy living and French/Spanish speaking countries.


New specifications – Starting with current Year 10

first teaching September 2016 – first award August 2018

Students follow the Eduqas/WJEC Syllabus for GCSE French and Spanish.

Weighting are as follows: listening 25%, speaking 25%, reading 25% and writing 25%.

All exams are sat at the end of Year 11 (May/June 2018 for the current Year 10 cohort). The speaking exam will be sat in April 2018. No dictionaries are allowed at any point during the exams.

The language is taught in the following contexts:

Identity and Culture

Local, national, international and globalareas of interest

Current and future study
and employment

Youth Culture

 Self and relationships

 Technology and social media


 Health and fitness

 Entertainment and leisure

Customs and Traditions

 Food and drink

 Festivals and celebrations

Home and Locality

 Local areas of interest

 Transport

French and Spanish speaking countries

 Local and regional

features and


 Holidays and tourism

Global Sustainability

 Environment

 Social issues

Current Study

 School/college life

 School/college studies

World of Work

 Work experience and

part-time jobs

 Skills and personal


Jobs and Future Plans

 Applying for work/study

 Career plans




Legacy – Current Year 11

For new specifications please scroll down.

Students follow the WJEC Syllabus for GCSE French and Spanish.

Weighting are as follows: listening 20%, speaking 30%, reading 20% and writing 30%.

The Speaking and Writing exams are Controlled Assessments which are taking place throughout Year 10 and 11.

The language is taught in the following contexts:

·         Personal and social life (Self, family, friends, home life, shopping, meals, healthy living, illness and accident, free time, fashion, relationships, future plans)

·         Local community (Home town, school, education, local environment, pollution, recycling, local facilities, comparisons with other towns and regions, weather and seasons)

·         The world of work (Work experience, part-time jobs, future careers, technology (sending messages, accessing information)

·         The wider world (Travel and holidays, media, social issues, life in the countries and communities where the language is spoken)



Students follow the Eduqas/WJEC Syllabus for GCE French and Spanish.

First teaching September 2016 – First award August 2018

The course will introduce you to aspects of the culture of the target language country, a valuable framework for course progression and for acquiring knowledge of key areas to support more advanced study of the foreign language.

Summary of assessment:

Component 1: Speaking

Non-exam assessment: 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation)

30% of qualification

Task 1

(a) Presentation of independent research project (2 minutes)

(b) Discussion on the content of the research project (9-10 minutes)

Task 2

Discussion based on a stimulus card relating to one of the themes studied (5 minutes preparation time followed by 5-6 minutes discussion)

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

50% of qualification

Section A: Listening

Section B: Reading

Section C: Translation – from target language into English and English into target language.

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing (closed-book)

Written examination: 2 hours

20% of qualification

Two essays – one based on a literary work and the second on an additional literary work or film from the prescribed list.

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries or texts in any part of the assessment.

Information on the themes can be found in the specifications below.