Modern Foreign Languages

Key Stage 3


Students begin to understand, speak, read and write in either French or Spanish. They become familiar with the sounds, written form and grammar of the language, and use this knowledge with increasing confidence and competence to express themselves in role-plays, conversations and writing. They improve their understanding of the language by listening to people talking about different subjects and by reading a range of texts. They increase their cultural awareness by communicating with people who speak the language and by using materials from countries and communities where the language is spoken. They may get an opportunity to write letters / blogs to students at the school’s Spanish/French partner schools abroad.

Typical topics that students cover in KS3 are as follows:

Year 7

  • Introducing themselves, classroom language and the gender of nouns.
  • Talking about pets and family, describing themselves and others, and adjective agreements.
  • Describing their house and evening routine. Saying what hobbies they have and telling the time.  The use of present tense verbs and prepositions and using the verb "to go" to refer to future events.
  • Talking about their school subjects and expressing opinions.

 Year 8

  • Free-time activities, sports and playing musical instruments
  • Giving more detailed information about themselves and their family including jobs.
  • Saying what the weather is like
  • Talking about what they did last weekend and in the holidays
  • Arranging to go out with friends and shopping.
  • Buying food in a shop and a restaurant
  • Using the past, present and future tenses.

 Year 9

  • Food and drink
  • Clothes and fashion
  • Holidays and travel
  • Future plans
  • Healthy living
  • Life in the past
  • Using the past, present and future tenses.

To find out more about MFL in the National Curriculum, visit:

Key Stage 4


Throughout the GCSE course students build upon what was learnt at KS3 by revising grammatical structures, consolidating their knowledge of past, present and future tenses, and adding to their vocabulary bank.  They focus on oral communication both in class and with the Language Assistant in very small groups. 

Modules covered in Year 10 include:

  • Myself and other people
  • Leisure and freetime
  • Where I live
  • Finding the way
  • Shopping
  • School life

Modules covered in Year 11 include:

  • World of work
  • Tourism
  • Healthy living
  • World issues

BBC Bitesize French:

BBC Bitesize Spanish:

Examination Board

Edexcel French Specification:

Edexcel Spanish Specification: http:/

% Components

Throughout Year 10 and Year 11 in lesson time:
30% Controlled Speaking Assessments
30% Controlled Writing Assessments

End of Year 11 Formal Examinations:
20% Listening Examination
20% Reading Examination

Key Stage 5


AS and A2 French/Spanish

This course is suitable for candidates who have acquired the knowledge, understanding and skills specified for GCSE French or Spanish at Higher tier. Candidates take two units for the Advanced Subsidiary GCE and then take a further two units to achieve the full Advanced GCE award.

The AS specification enables candidates to:

  • develop an understanding of spoken and written French/Spanish beyond GCSE;
  • communicate effectively in French/Spanish in a variety of registers;
  • develop knowledge of and critical insights into the culture, heritage and contemporary society of France/Spain or a French/Spanish speaking country.

In addition, the Advanced GCE specification enables candidates to:

  • study and understand in greater depth aspects of the culture, heritage and contemporary society of France/Spain or a French/Spanish speaking country;
  • use French/Spanish to analyse, hypothesise, evaluate, persuade and justify in both speech and writing;
  • transfer meaning from English into French/Spanish and vice versa.

Examination Board



% Components

French AS Level
FN1 40% Oral Examination
FN2 60% Listening, Reading and Writing Examination

French A2 Level 
FN3 40% Oral Examination
FN4 60% Listening, Reading and Writing Examination

Spanish AS Level
SPA2T/V 30% Oral Examination
SPAN1    70% Listening, Reading and Writing Examination

Spanish A2 Level
SPAN3    30% Oral Examination
SPA4T/V 70% Listening, Reading and Writing Examination

Additional Information

You may find the following websites useful:                                          

Extra-Curricular Activities

MFL offers the following extra-curricular activities:

  • French Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Year 7 Day trip to France
  • Year 9 History/French trip to Belgian Battlefields and Paris
  • Year 9/10 Spanish trip
  • Year 11 and Sixth Form day trip to Lille, France and Montebello High School