Dyke House Sports & Technology College

Attainment and Achievement through Creativity, Collaboration and Character

Modern Foreign Languages

Course: AQA French GCSE, AQA Spanish GCSE, AQA German GCSE

Examination Criteria:

A GCSE in French, German or Spanish has a Foundation Tier (grades 1-5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4-9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Paper 1: Listening (25% of overall GCSE)

Paper 2: Speaking (25% of overall GCSE)

Paper 3: Reading (25% of overall GCSE)

Paper 4: Writing (25% of overall GCSE)

Grading Structure: 1-9

Exam board Website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/

Course Specification: AQA French (8658), AQA Spanish (8698), AQA German (8668)

Progress 8 Slot: EBacc/Open Slot

Head of Department: Miss C Thomas

Course Description

KS3: Core subject (French)

KS4: Core subject (French), Option subject (Spanish, German)

KS5: Option

Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

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

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

All students in Years 7 and Year 8 study a language. We have researched and developed a context-based approach to learning in Key Stage 3 to enthuse students and build on prior knowledge, which students have developed in primary schools.These contexts are designed to allow students to engage in more complex aspects of language learning in preparation for the requirements of the reforms for GCSE.

At KS4 Students continue to study the language they have studied in KS3. There is the option in KS4 for students to study a second language to support and deepen their existing linguistic competencies.

Department statement

The MFL department aim to ensure that the language learning experience for all our students is challenging and enjoyable. Students of Dyke House College will study French from year 7 and will have the opportunity to opt for German, Spanish or Latin during their time with us. We fundamentally believe that the study of languages plays an important part in preparing students for their future lives. In today's global economy it is vital that students are equipped with the confidence to communicate in the target language, linguistic skills, cultural awareness and intercultural understanding and as teachers we are passionate about helping to prepare our students with these skills. The study of foreign languages to GCSE level affords insights into other cultures, broadens horizons and deepens the learner's understanding of his or her own mother tongue.


  • Teaching
  • Translation/ interpreting
  • International aid/development worker
  • Import/export specialist
  • Marketing executive
  • Sales executive
  • Logistics and distribution manager
  • Journalism
  • Civil service
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Event management
  • Travel and tourism industry

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Extra-Curricular Activities:

At Dyke House Sports and Technology school, we offer a range of extra-curricular activities to promote a love of language learning outside the classroom.

These include:

- Film nights in every year group.

- Cultural visits across Europe.

- Space to Learn.

- Language Ambassadors.

- European Day of Languages.

- Languages for Lads.

- Spelling Bee.

- The Great Languages Bake Off