French / German / Spanish

Studying a Modern Foreign Language to GCSE level:

There are many misconceptions about how languages are used in the world of work. Many think that the only jobs available for language students are in translation, interpreting and teaching – not true! These occupations represent only some of the many opportunities out there in a huge variety of industries throughout the UK, within the local community and beyond.

It is a multi-lingual world and UK companies realise that a foreign language is required in order to compete when trading internationally. Over 300 languages are spoken in London alone. Public services and local governments recognise the diversity of UK society and the increasing need for languages when serving our community.

A little language can make a lot of difference! There is room for all levels of ability and opportunities are many and varied. Although fluency will give the job seeker more options, a basic ability in languages is in great demand by employers, colleges and universities.

Why study a Modern Foreign Language at GCSE?

•Language GCSEs are regarded as a highly valuable qualification by colleges and universities.

•A GCSE in French, German or Spanish makes you really employable.

•People who speak a language earn on average 12% more than people who don’t!

•It gives you the edge in the job market!

•People who have a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language have a wider range of options for university


Requirements for students studying Modern Foreign Languages:

•An interest in language and culture.

•A positive attitude.

•Commitment throughout the course.

•A good knowledge of the language at Key Stage 3.

•Ability to work with others and independently.

•Ability to meet deadlines.

•A willingness to accept a challenge and have a go!



The present year 9,10 and 11 MFL students are following the new GCSE specification. (100% external examination)


New MFL Specification:

Year 9 Theme 1: Identity and Culture

Me, My Family and Friends; Free time Activities; Technology in everyday life

Year 10 Theme 2: Local, National, International and Global Areas of interest

Home, Town, Neighbourhood and Region; Social Issues; Global Issues; Travel and Tourism

Year 11 Theme 3: Current and Future Study and Employment

My studies; Life at school and college; Education post 16; Jobs, Career choices and AmbitionsModern Foreign Language courses build on the knowledge, skills and understanding of the language acquired in Key Stage 3, including language learning skills and cultural awareness. All four skills are assessed – listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Any parents or students who would like more information on the Modern Foreign Languages courses should contact Miss Barker or Mrs Hewertson, who will be happy to answer any questions.