Modern Foreign Languages

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart” – Nelson Mandela

The MFL Department aims to provide students with a stimulating environment in which to learn a language.The experience of learning and using a foreign language makes a unique contribution to the curriculum by taking pupils out of the familiar environment of English and allows them to explore the lifestyle and culture of other countries and cultures through the foreign language. It can give the learner the experience of being in a foreign environment and existing within it. Coping with a different language, whether in the classroom or a foreign country, can be a liberating and enjoyable experience.

By learning a foreign language students improve their personal and social skills by learning to communicate, co-operate and contribute in class, consider the views of others and adjust to different social situations.

Course content

At Key Stage 4 students study the Edexcel syllabus for GCSE. The four skills are assessed – Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening skills are examined at the end of the course and each account for 25% of the final grade at GCSE. Themes include: Identity and Culture, Local area, Holiday and Travel, School, Future aspirations, study and work, International and Global Dimension. As a Department we are keen to encourage extra curricular cultural experiences to further enrich language learning.

Skills developed

A foreign language enhances grammar skills and improves knowledge in English. A language widens job opportunities and makes travelling easier and more enjoyable. It increases problem solving skills and improves memory. It shows you are open minded and tolerant. Many firms are multinational so you will be able to compete successfully when looking for employment. Learning a language encourages respect for others and opens up new experiences and cultures. A Language makes a difference in how you see the world and how the world sees you.


Description Length Percentage Comment
Written Examination 1 hour 20 minutes 25%
Speaking  Examination 15 minutes 25%
Reading Examination 1 hour 25%
Listening  Examination 45 minutes 25%


The study of MFL can lead to a variety of careers including:

  • Market Researcher
  • Tour Guide
  • Travel and Tourism Industry
  • Flight attendant
  • Reporter
  • Journalist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Technology Industry
  • Gaming Industry – Game Translator
  • Humanitarian
  • Translator
  • Teacher
  • Au Pair
  • Conference Organiser
  • Receptionist.