Why study Modern Languages?

Few experiences in life can match the sense of achievement and pleasure of being able to communicate with someone in a foreign language. You will find it a challenge but very rewarding to study languages beyond the confines of the GCSE syllabus.

You will be taught in smaller groups than at GCSE, benefitting from a weekly individual lesson with our French and Spanish language assistants. They will not only help your fluency but can also help you target your areas for improvement and are extremely well versed in the exam boards.

Universities like to see languages on a UCAS form. You can combine languages with almost any degree and gain more course credits. Universities are very keen to recruit linguists and you could well receive a more generous grade offer when you apply for a degree. If you are considering Russell Group universities or Oxbridge, we have a good track record of successful applicants for languages.

In an increasingly monolingual United Kingdom you will be a valuable commodity. Language graduates earn more than any other non-vocational degree. If you work in banking or multi-national corporations, you could find yourself in the minority if you can only speak English.

You also go to school in a town with one of the highest number of linguists working in intelligence gathering. Look at what is happening on your doorstep.

What will I learn?

You will cover a book or film in the Lower Sixth Form as well as the usual listening, reading and speaking exams.

In the Upper Sixth Form, the course extends to another book and film and introduces translation elements which are fun and make you think about grammar and constructions in more detail, as well as improving your phraseology in English.

The following themes are covered:

  • Current Trends • Artistic Culture • Current Issues • Political Life

What is the specification?

  • Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Writing 50%
  • Paper 2 Writing and Grammar (2 books or 1 book + 1 film) 20%
  • Paper 3 Oral (Part A Discussion, Part B Independent research) 30%

Josh Sumner Head of Modern Languages