Faculty of MFL


Miss S Cheung – Head of Faculty
Miss R Mazire – Teacher of French and Spanish
Miss X Gao Morgan – Teacher of Chinese 
Mr N Fish – Teacher of French



Learning foreign languages is increasingly important in a global economy and also has great value in terms of cultural and linguistic richness in our society, personal fulfilment and global citizenship and understanding. Through the study of a foreign language pupils understand and appreciate different countries, cultures, peoples and communities - and as they do, begin to think of themselves as citizens of the World as well as citizens of the United Kingdom.


The department aims to provide engaging and challenging experiences with high expectations of achievement that will:

  • foster an enjoyment of language learning
  • develop the ability to understand and use the foreign language effectively in study, work and leisure
  • promote understanding and appreciation of other cultures and lifestyles in other countries
  • encourage pride in linguistic achievement


KS4 Curriculum 2019-2020

Years 10 & 11

Pupils who have studied Italian in Year 9 will continue to follow the GCSE AQA Course (8633).

 The main content areas studied are:

Themes and topics

Questions across all four language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of
relevant contemporary and cultural themes. They are organised into three themes, each
broken down into topics and sub-topics.

The three themes are:

  • Identity and Culture
  • The UK and the World – areas of interest
  • Current and Future Studies and Employment



The GCSE (9-1) in Italian consists of four externally examined papers based on the following skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will complete their speaking assessment in May and all other assessments in May/June at the end of Year 11. GCSE Italian 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. 



Percentage of total GCSE

Assessment Type

Foundation Tier

Higher Tier

Paper 1:

Listening and understanding


Written exam

35 minutes including 5 minutes’ reading time

45 minutes including 5 minutes’ reading time

Paper 2:



Internally conducted and externally assessed

7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes’ preparation time

10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes’ preparation time

Paper 3:

Reading and understanding


Written exam

45 minutes

1 hour

Paper 4:



Written exam

1 hour

1 hour 15 minutes

 GCSE Italian Further Details