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Welcome to the Languages Department

Department Staff

Mrs J. Aires (Head of Department)

Mrs M Edgar


Why Study a Language?

Today there is a global market for jobs and employers value people with foreign language skills. It is not necessary to be completely fluent in a foreign language to be an asset to an employer – just having basic conversational ability is sufficient. 

Learning languages gives you greater opportunities to live and work abroad therefore enhancing your experience of other cultures and societies and enriching your life both culturally and socially.

Recent surveys indicate that people with languages skills are less likely to be unemployed.

Learning a language develops your communication and interpersonal skills and promotes good memory skills.

Career opportunities in a wide range of industries such as: Marketing, Tourism, IT, Financial Services, Accountancy, Business Studies, Law, Teaching, Engineering and Journalism


GCSE French and Spanish

Unit 1 Listening 25%
  • Foundation Tier – Written paper - 35 minutes  
  • Higher Tier – Written paper - 45 minutes 
Unit 2 Speaking 25%
  • Controlled Assessment

    7-12 minutes Teacher conducted

    Externally assessed
Unit 3 Reading 25%
  • Foundation Tier – Written paper - 50 minutes  
  • Higher Tier – Written paper - 1 hour
Unit 4 Writing 25%
  • Foundation Tier – Written paper - 1 hour 
  • Higher Tier – Written paper - 1 hour 15 minutes

Speaking is untiered.

Foundation Tier - Pupils can achieve Grades B to G

Higher Tier - Pupils can achieve Grades A* to E