Modern Languages

Exam Board


Assessed by

Written examinations

Non-examination assessment - Oral examination



In the two years remaining prior to the GCSE examination we hope that students will continue to develop their competence as language users in a wide variety of contexts and situations, and that they will acquire skills which will serve them well beyond the classroom. The course builds on work done in Key Stage 3, and students are consistently encouraged to use more complex structures and a wider variety of tenses. All four skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing - are equally emphasised at all stages. Students will gain confidence in using the spoken language and the fluency and accuracy of their written work will improve. Much reading and listening is based on authentic texts so as to foster genuine skills.


Homework is an integral part of the course and the manner of its completion is an important indicator of a student’s commitment and attainment.


By the end of Year 10 it is expected that most students will cope successfully with Foundation-tier papers and be prepared to attempt some Higher-tier tasks, even though these may still seem challenging.


In Year 11 the remaining specification topics are covered and students are increasingly afforded opportunities to practise their skills under examination conditions.


Learning a language is a rewarding and enjoyable experience, but it is also hard work. Successful students need to be committed and willing to work, both in lesson time and at home.