Modern Languages

Head of Dept: Mr I. Sampson

Staff in department

Mr I. Sampson
Miss M. Doherty
Mrs H. Lang
Mr C. Little
Ms L. McGrattan
Mrs J. Mills
Mrs C. Sanchez

A Level

A level exam boards:

  • AQA (Year 14)
  • CCEA (Year 13) for French, German and Spanish
Module% of AS or
A2 grade
How is it assessed?Module Title
AS Module 130%11 minute exam at the end of Year 13Speaking
AS Module 240%2 hour exam at the end of Year 13Listening, Reading and Use of Language
AS Module 330%1 hour exam at the end of Year 13Extended Writing
A2 Module 170%2 ½ hour exam at the end of Year 14Listening, Reading and Writing
A2 Module 230%15 minute exam at the end of Year 14Speaking


GCSE exam board:

  • CCEA for French, German and Spanish
GCSE% of GCSE gradeHow is it assessed?Unit title
Unit 130%2 controlled assessment tasks (4-6 minutes each) sat throughout Years 11 and 12Speaking
Unit 230%2 controlled assessment tasks (1 hour each) sat throughout Years 11 and 12Writing
Unit 320%1 exam (35 or 45 minutes) at the end of Year 12Listening
Unit 420%1 exam (40 minutes or 1 hour) at the end of Year 12Reading

KS3: Brief topic overview

Year 8
French – Talking about yourself, pets and family, appearance and character, classroom objects and instructions, home environment, telling the time, finding your way around town, ordering snacks and drinks, numbers and prices, daily routine and school, sports, musical instruments and leisure activities.

Year 9
French – Talking about family, jobs, where you live, the weather, daily routine, describing past events, TV programmes, going out, household tasks, clothes, food, meals and eating habits, shopping, eating out, countries and languages, holidays and leisure activities.

Spanish – Greetings, personal details, numbers 1-100, dates, Spanish-speaking countries, the alphabet, schoolbag & classroom items, school subjects, food & drink, family, pet animals, colours, physical & personality descriptions, where they live, describing your house, European countries, rooms in a house, prepositions and bedroom furniture.

Year 10
French – Talking about hobbies (TV, Cinema and Reading), appearance and nationalities, describing past events, describing future plans, parts of the body and feeling unwell, healthy lifestyle, describing other people, travel plans, reserving a room in a hotel, describing a region of France, describing a visit to a tourist attraction, learning about school life in France, household tasks.

Spanish – Free time activities & sports, the time, describing your town, places in town, giving directions, the weather, nationalities, TV programmes & films, making invitations, holidays, transport, meals, buying food in a shop and ordering food in a restaurant.