Staff

Miss J Gray, Head of MFL
Mr D Winston, Head of MFL
Ms T Andrle, Assistant Headteacher
Miss K Bell
Miss K Burden
Mrs V McNulty
Miss S Ramsay
Mr T Webster

Key Stage 3

Students begin their study of MFL in year 7 with three hours of French a week and follow the new Studio 1 course. In March, the vast majority of students study German and have 1.5 hours teaching a week of each language. We currently follow the Echo German course. A small number of students will not study German and will do extra English in their German time.

FCSE

In Year 9 classes where we anticipate that not all pupils will go on to do a GCSE language, the students will complete a qualification known as FCSE (Foundation Certificate of Secondary Education). FCSE is a qualification provided by AQA, the same exam board that provides our GCSE qualifications. It is only available in MFL, and is a qualification that is similar to GCSE, but with a few key differences. As with GCSE, the course tests all four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Students will complete 3 sets of assessments on 3 different topics, all of which will be sent away to AQA to count towards the qualification.

There are three grades available upon completion of the FCSE: Pass, Merit and Distinction, with Distinction being the highest grade and Pass the lowest. To put this in a context that is comparable with GCSE, a Distinction at FCSE is worth 36 performance points, and a C at GCSE is worth 40.

Key Stage 4

The majority of students study GCSE Languages courses. Pupils will start the GCSE course in March of year 9, once they have decided upon their GCSE option subjects. If they only opt for one language, they will use all their lesson time for the one MFL subject they have opted to study.

GCSE French / German / Spanish

This is a two year full GCSE. It follows the AQA specification, which covers four main topic areas:

• Work and Education (school, college, future plans, current and future jobs)

• Leisure (free time and the media, holidays)

• Home and Environment (home and local area, environmental issues)

• Lifestyle (health, relationships, choices)

Unit 1 Listening: 20% Examination.

This is assessed by a short exam in January/June of Year 11. You can choose to be entered at either Foundation Tier (30 minute exam) or Higher Tier (40 minute exam).

Unit 2 Reading: 20% Examination.

This is assessed by a short exam in January/June of Year 11. You can choose to be entered at either Foundation Tier (30 minute exam) or Higher Tier (50 minute exam).

Unit 3 Speaking: 30% Controlled Assessment (internally assessed).

Over the 2 year course, students do 3 speaking assessments, each worth 15% of the total. The teacher class teacher marks the assessments and submits the best 2 to AQA.

Unit 4 Writing: 30% Controlled Assessment (externally assessed).

Over the 2 year course students write 3 different pieces under controlled conditions in class, each worth 15% of the total. The best 2 are submitted for marking by AQA.