People that speak other languages are very popular with employers and they can work in almost any job where contact with people from other countries might be necessary. 75% of the world’s population does not speak English and 60% of British trade is with non-English speaking countries, making learning a language a vital skill for your future personal life and career development. Learning a language is also about discovering other countries, cultures and opening windows to an increasingly globalised world. Many universities and colleges look for a GCSE language qualification when processing applications.
Students study three themes, each divided into a number of topics.
Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
Topic 3: Free-time activities
Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French/Spanish speaking countries/communities
Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region
Topic 2: Social Issues such as charity/voluntary work
Topic 3: Global Issues such as the environment, poverty and homelessness
Topic 4: Travel and Tourism
Topic 1: My studies
Topic 2: Life at school/college
Topic 3: Education post 16
Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions
Students sit all of their exams at the end of the course. There is a Foundation tier (grades 1-5) and a Higher tier (grades 4-9). Students must take all four papers at the same tier. Students are assessed in four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and each is worth 25% of the overall GCSE grade.