Key Stage 3
In year 7 you will learn either German or French, and which language you do will depend on which tutor group you are in. You will remain with the same language until the end of year 9 when you can choose to continue or end your foreign language-learning journey. However, in year 8, you will do a world languages unit in which you will get a taster of three other languages including French or German, Spanish and Mandarin.
We are also only one of nineteen schools in Wales to have Confucius Classroom status. We offer Mandarin as an extra-curricular subject from beginner’s level upwards. These lessons are delivered by an expert Chinese teacher who is sent to us from the Confucius Institute.
Key stage 4
We offer the choice of three languages at GCSE. The GCSE French and German courses build on what you learn at Key Stage 3 through topics such as youth culture, lifestyle, customs & traditions, home & locality, global sustainability, the wider world and education/future employment. You are advised to continue with the language you have studied previously. Spanish, however, is a two-year course taught from scratch therefore no prior learning is required. You may choose to study more than one language. Assessment is 100% exam and covers all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Key stage 5
We offer AS and A levels in both French and in German. You must have at least a GCSE grade B in the language you wish to continue studying as the courses build on what you learn at Key Stage 4. There are two ‘areas of interest’ around which both AS and A level are structured. These are social issues and trends and political, intellectual and artistic culture. In addition to studying the topics which come under these two umbrellas, we study a film, read a novel, look at the history of the country where the language is spoken and complete an independent research project whilst developing speaking, listening, reading, critical and analytical writing. Assessment is 100% exam.