Modern Languages

Language Learning provides a fascinating insight into the culture and lifestyles of others. The study of foreign languages not only helps with the development of confidence and improved communication skills, students will also learn about the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of the country in question.

The knowledge and advanced skills that students acquire will help them to progress to further study, higher education or employment and to take their place in a multilingual, global society. It goes without saying that the learning of modern languages goes hand in hand with the integrated ethos and nature of our college.

Key Stage 3 

Throughout their time in Modern Languages from Years 8-10 Students will learn vocabulary as well as some basic grammatical rules and tenses in junior school; as well as how to understand, read, speak in and write basic French and Spanish. 

In Modern Languages the use of ICT is fully embedded into all aspects of teaching learning. Since 2019, there has been an overhaul of the delivery of the subject with brand new interactive resources, interactive/online text books, listening quizzes and MS Teams. Furthermore, the use of the Duolingo! App has proven to be extremely popular with Key Stage 3 students. 

Key Stage 3- Spanish Outline

Key Stage 3- French Outline

Key Stage 4

Exam Board: CCEA

Qualification Title: GCSE FRENCH/ GCSE SPANISH

Students may choose to study one or two languages at GCSE level

There are three contexts of learning:

a) Identity, Lifestyle and Culture
b) Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest
c) School life, Studies and the World of Work.


This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Modern Languages Area of Learning.

There is an external examination for each of the specification’s four assessment units, each worth 25% of the overall mark. The teacher conducts and records the speaking exam for our examiners to mark, and students have the opportunity to prepare one of the conversation topics in advance.

This specification is unitised, so it’s possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has four units:

  • Unit 1: Listening
  • Unit 2: Speaking
  • Unit 3: Reading
  • Unit 4: Writing.

Graphic of last 3 years results: