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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.

You will study themes including identity and culture, issues in the wider world and in Wales and current and future employability and education and will use communication, independent study and teamwork skills.

Why study a modern foreign language?

  • Language learning is an essential element in the education of young people; it broadens horizons, teaches other cultures and provides experiences and skills needed to succeed in the new global economy
  • The top universities value language skills and many will hesitate to accept an applicant for any course if they do not possess a GCSE qualification in a foreign language
  • Language learning is good for you! Speaking more than one language increases brain capacity and improves memory
  • Another language makes you stand out from the crowd. Added to that, you will be able to work anywhere in the world
  • English and Welsh are not enough. The world is a much smaller place and you will be appreciated for learning to speak another language and learning to understand another culture
  • Learning another language is a valuable skill in today’s economic market; once you have one language, you can use your skills to teach others
  • It’s an impressive achievement, learning another language. You will be the envy of friends and family!

There are numerus career pathways when you study a language. Previous students have gone on to a variety of careers, including: telecommunications, British Airways personnel, Marketing in the UK and overseas, banking, catering, law, lecturing, medicine, publishing, sports, tourism, civil service, foreign office, armed forces. Any field is open to you with a language.

How will I be assessed?

The final examination at the end of the two-year course is divided equally into the four skill areas of reading, listening, speaking and writing. Each exam is worth 25% of the overall mark. In the speaking exam you will perform a role-play and hold a conversation in the foreign language. In the listening exam you will answer different styles of questions after listening to the foreign language. In the reading exam you will answer questions in French and English and translate. In the writing exam you will write in different styles about different themes and translate some sentences in to the foreign language.

Contact: French – Miss J Hughes / Miss N Williams

German – Miss J McAllister

Spanish – Miss N Williams

For more information regarding this course, please see our KS4 information booklet here.