Subject overview


‘Languages are a passport to another world’


Learning languages helps students develop a number of key skills in a variety of contexts whilst gaining a broad understanding of the culture of countries and communities where French and Spanish is spoken. We are passionate about making language learning fun and promoting the fact that language skills enable our students to take their place in today’s multi-lingual global society. Languages are a real future asset in many key domains such as higher education, business and travel.


French - Year 7

Language basics – alphabet, colours, numbers, months and countries

Self-portrait – giving a description of myself and others

College life: talking about school subjects, timetable and school day

Leisure time- describing hobbies, computer interests, mobiles and sports you play

My area – describing your town and village and giving directions

Holidays- describing holiday destinations and activities


French - Year 8

Free time activities, films, books and new technologies

Describing a stay in Paris

GCSE Module 1 family and relationships


Spanish - Year 7

Language basics – alphabet, numbers, months

Family- family and pets, colours

Free time, sports and telling the time

College life-school and school subjects

My area- where you live


Spanish - Year 8

Family, friends and descriptions

My town- talking about your home and town


Past holidays as an introduction to the GCSE course


French and Spanish GCSE AQA syllabus content:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Topic 1: Me, my family and friends

Topic 2: Technology in everyday life

Topic 3: Free-time activities

Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French/Spanish-speaking countries/communities

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region

Topic 2: Social issues

Topic 3: Global issues

Topic 4: Travel and tourism

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Topic 1: My studies

Topic 2: Life at school/college

Topic 3: Education post-16

Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions


There will be 4 equally weighted (25%) final exams in Listening Speaking, Reading and Writing at the end of Year 11

 All exams will be externally marked and Speaking tests will be conducted by the teacher

 There will not be any controlled assessments



Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends 

  • The changing nature of family
  • The 'cyber-society'
  • The place of voluntary work

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

  • A culture proud of its heritage
  • Contemporary francophone music
  • Cinema: the 7th art form

Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

  • Positive features of a diverse society
  • Life for the marginalized
  • How criminals are treated

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
  • Politics and immigration



Aspects of Hispanic society

  • Modern and traditional values
  • Cyberspace
  • Equal rights

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

  • Modern day idols
  • Spanish regional identity
  • Cultural heritage or Cultural landscape

Multiculturalism in Hispanic society

  • Immigration
  • Racism
  • Integration

Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world

  • Today's youth, tomorrow's citizens
  • Monarchies, republics and dictatorships
  • Popular movement


A Level Examination

The examination is currently devised as follows:   

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (worth 50% of the A level):

Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources.

Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes.  All questions are in French, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in French.

Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words.

Translation into TL; a passage of minimum 100 words.

Paper 2: Writing (worth 20% of A level):

Writing:  2 essays, one about the film and the other about the book.

Paper 3:  Speaking (worth 30% of the A level):

Speaking about an aspect of one of the themes of the course. Followed by an oral presentation and discussion of an individual research project.


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