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Modern Languages Exam Information

IGCSE

Course Content

To begin IGCSE, students must have studied their chosen language(s) through to Year 9.

Students study at least one Modern Language to IGCSE and many of our students choose to study two. During the IGCSE course students become well equipped for using the language in real situations abroad. They build a strong basis towards fluency together with a firm grasp of cultures associated with the languages taught.

Topics covered are directly relevant to our students’ own lives and range from “home and family”, “leisure and hobbies”, “education and the world of work” to “region and environment”.

We secure strong results in each language and, subsequently, our students are very well prepared for Pre-U study in one or more languages.

Course Structure

IGCSE Modern Languages courses have no coursework and the linear course assesses the four language-learning skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in a balanced way.

Reading and Resources

The Modern Languages Department houses an extensive library with materials to support extending both language and cultural understanding. Students are encouraged to make use of this resource.

Exam Boards:

French - Cambridge Assessment International Education

German - Cambridge Assessment International Education

Spanish - Cambridge Assessment International Education

Pre-U

Course Content

The aim of the course is to develop the ability to use French, German or Spanish effectively for purposes of practical communication, and to provide the confidence and linguistic skills to understand, discuss and write about contemporary events and issues in the range of countries where the languages are spoken. A full list of topics areas covered, as well as the different Paper 4 options, can be found in the Syllabus using the link above. The course also aims to provide enjoyment and intellectual stimulation and offer insights into the diverse cultures associated with these languages. The courses aim to foster independent learning and provide an excellent basis for further language study at degree level and beyond.

French, German and Spanish follow the CIE Pre-U course. We have a combination of students doing one language and others doing two. Those doing two benefit from the structure and requirements of the course being the same.

Course Structure

The course will be taught by two teachers and a native speaker Foreign Language Assistant. Students are examined at the end of the two-year course as follows with each paper being worth 25% of the total marks: Paper 1 (Speaking) - students discuss a stimulus article, presenting their ideas and views and then present and discuss a topic of their choice set in the diverse cultures of the languages studied. Paper 2 (Reading and Listening). Paper 3 (Writing and Usage) - students write a discursive essay from the topics studied and complete grammar excercises. Paper 4 (Topics and Texts) - students write an essay in the language studied on the chosen cultural topic which will cover a text and film and then write an essay in English on the set text.

Course Requirements

A minimum of an A grade at IGCSE/GCSE or equivalent is required for this course.

Reading and Resources

The Modern Languages Department houses an extensive library with materials to support extending both language and cultural understanding. Students are encouraged to make use of this resource.

Exam Board: Cambridge Assessment International Education

Certificate in Languages for Business

Course Content

The aim of the course is to develop the ability to use French, German or Spanish effectively at a post-IGCSE level in a Business Context. 

The IoL Educational Trust Level 2 Certificate in Languages for Business (QCF) is a new and innovative Ofqual approved qualification which gives a practical and meaningful qualification suitable for a wide range of students.

Course Structure

The course will be taught by one teacher for 5 hours per cycle during L6. There is a combination of end-of-module practical assessment tasks which count for 35% and an examination which counts for 65%. Candidates are graded pass, merit or distinction.

The speaking and listening is 20 minutes. The reading and writing is 50 minutes.

Course Requirements

A minimum of a B grade at IGCSE/GCSE (or equivalent) in the language chosen is required for this course, although students with lower grades will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The course can be a standalone language qualification or can be chosen alongside the Pre-U.

Reading and Resources

Exam Board: The Languages Alliance

DELE A2 (Beginners’ Spanish)

Course Content

This gives students who have not had the opportunity to begin to learn Spanish the opportunity in the Sixth Form.

The DELE certificate is the international benchmark qualification for Spanish with level A2 representing the post-beginners’ level. Students will build the ability to understand and use everyday expressions throughout the Spanish-speaking World; to ask for and give information about everyday life; and to interact with Spanish-speakers at a basic level. By the end of the course students will have achieved a qualification to match the standard expected of a high-achieving IGCSE student.

Course Structure

The course will be taught by one teacher for 5 hours per cycle during L6. At the end of the course students will sit four examinations at the Instituto Cervantes in Manchester each worth 25% (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking).

Course Requirements

A minimum of an A grade at IGCSE/GCSE in any other language (or equivalent) is required for this course, although students with lower grades will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Reading and Resources

Exam Board: Instituto Cervantes