Key Stage 4

At KS4, students have lessons two a week and have one-hour extra revision session per fortnight. We also arrange Saturday and half term revisions near examination times or as intervention for particular students. We run two intervention sessions in the morning before registration for students who are struggling with either French or Spanish.

Due to the changes to the MFL Curriculum students study GCSE French/Spanish from year 9. The new curriculum emphasizes the value of listening and reading authentic material and expects students to speak and write spontaneously.

The French and Spanish GCSE courses are taught over a period of 3 years starting in Year 9 until Year 11. The 4 skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing are all assessed at the end of the course. All students will have the opportunity to work with a Foreign Language Assistant to hone their speaking skills. The MFL Department also offers students to sit exams in their own native language that counts towards the number of GCSEs at the end of year 11.

We are proud to announce that our students attain between 83% and 100% A-C.

Exam board

The Examination Board used is AQA. Each examination in the 4 different skills is equally weighted at 25% of the overall French/Spanish examination. Students must either sit all Foundation tier or all Higher tier examinations.


Each half term students are assessed on a combination of the skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing. All written assessments follow the exact format of the GCSE examination. In Year 11 students will be assessed on their performance on AQA past examination papers. There is also an internal MFL mock speaking examination in December which is exactly like the actual speaking examination which takes place after Easter each year. We have whole school mock examinations in November and March which in MFL consist of Listening, Reading and Writing. By the Easter holidays students will have an accurate idea of which area they have to revise to reach their desired grade.

Final examinations are taken in all 4 skill areas, each counting for 25% of the total GCSE.

Theme 1: Identity and culture covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

* Relationships with family and friends;

* Marriage/partnership.

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

* Social media;

* Mobile technology.

Topic 3: Free-time activities

* Music;

* Cinema and TV;

* Food and eating out;

* Sport.

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in Spanish/French-speaking countries/communities

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest covers the following four topics with related sub-topics shown as bullet points:

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

• Charity/voluntary work

• Healthy/unhealthy living

Topic 3: Global issues

• The environment

• Poverty/homelessness

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment covers the following four topics:

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs,

career choices and ambitions


How parents can support students:

Check Show My homework and ensure that all tasks are completed;

Assist students with vocabulary learning by testing them;

Help test students on their speaking booklet questions;

Purchase the CPG revision guides and workbooks