All students in Year 7 study French for three lessons per week. This is so that everybody has a good grounding in one foreign language and can use the principles learnt to begin with a second language in Year 8.
Years 8 and 9
In Years 8 and 9 all students study French for three lessons a fortnight and Spanish for three lessons a fortnight. In French they will continue to develop the language skills acquired in Year 7. Spanish is an express course and takes into consideration work done on language learning in Year 7. By the end of Year 9 students will feel equally confident in both languages.
Years 10 and 11
All pupils must study either French or Spanish at GCSE. Currently we the WJEC exam boards, students will sit exams in Reading and Listening and will complete Controlled Assessment for Speaking and Writing. From September 2016 we will use the AQA examining board and students will sit final exams in listening, reading, writing and speaking. There will no longer be any controlled assessments.
Years 12 and 13
We currently offer A-levels in French and Spanish and a good number of students choose to study these subjects. Studying a language at A level means that students will be able to communicate confidently in the target language and will know a lot more about life in the target language country by the end of the course. An A level language goes well with any other subject and provides a skill which many employers look for.
Students who speak a language other than English at home are encouraged to sit public examinations in that language. In past years we have entered students for Polish, Mandarin Chinese, Afrikaans and Arabic. Any student who would like to take an exam in another language should see the Head of Department to discuss the exam requirements.