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GCSE French, German or Spanish

Should you decide to study Modern Foreign Languages, you may choose from either French, German or Spanish. No prior learning is required for Spanish, however, you should have studied French or German at KS3 to progress into KS4.

Why study languages?
● Learning other languages is an important element in the education of children and young people. It broadens horizons, introduces learners to other cultures and provides them with experiences and skills that they need to succeed in the new global economy.
● Language skills are valued: the top universities in the UK, including Cardiff, will not accept applicants for any subject if they do not possess a GCSE qualification in a modern foreign language.
● Languages are good for you! Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and you have a better memory, too.
● Speaking another language really makes you stand out from the crowd and you’ll be able to work anywhere in the world.
● Learning a foreign language can help you to understand your own language better.
● It’s an impressive achievement to speak a foreign language, but one your friends and family will envy and one employers will love!
● English is not enough! The world has become a much smaller place. It’s really important that you learn to speak and understand other people no matter where they are from.
● Learning another language is a skill: a valuable skill to have in today’s job market. Once you have one language, you can use those skills to learn others.


There are many career pathways that are open to you when you study a language. For example: doctors, nurses, chefs, sales managers, salesmen, teachers, marketing directors, buyers, pilots, bankers, librarians, engineers, accountants, couriers, lawyers, waiters, shop assistants, ferry crew, tour operators, civil service, telecommunications, aeroplane designers, secretaries, insurance agents, international publishers, armed forces, merchant shipping, or any career that offers the opportunity for international travel and communication.

A Level French or German

The importance of language skills in the 21st Century cannot be underestimated. Employers increasingly demand a range of skills, which the learning of a modern language provides.
These skills include:
Ÿ Communication
Ÿ Abstract thought
Ÿ Listening techniques
Ÿ Research
Ÿ Independence
Ÿ Balanced and objective report writing
Ÿ Analysis
Ÿ Reading and writing skills
Ÿ Proof reading
Ÿ Knowledge of cultures and customs
Ÿ Team work

It is acknowledged that a modern language is proving essential as the workplace becomes more dependent onEurope and the international community. Research by the Welsh Government shows that language skills are constantly in demand.

A-Level Modern Language courses are well-established and popular at Ysgol Aberconwy. You now have more choice since it is possible for you to study a language for just one year. (AS Level)

You will build on languages learnt at GCSE and have the opportunity to work with topics that are relevant to your life today.