Staff Faculty of MFL


Miss S Cheung

Mr Chambers

Miss X Gao

Ms Aoife O'Connor

- Head of Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages

- Teacher of French & Spanish

- Teacher of Chinese and french

- Teacher of French & Spanish


KS4 Curriculum 2017-2018

Years 9, 10 & 11

In Year 9 pupils opt to take a modern foreign language, choosing from French, Spanish, Italian or Chinese. Pupils are also encouraged to sit examinations in their first language whenever possible. Over the last few years examination results have also been achieved at the highest levels in Urdu, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Dutch, Farsi and Polish.


Pupils 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 Chinese 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 French 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 and understanding

Paper 2: Speaking

Paper 3:

Reading and understanding

Paper 4: Writing

Percentage of total GCSE





Assessment Type

Written exam

Internally conducted and externally assessed

Written exam

Written exam

Foundation Tier

35 minutes including 5 minutes’ reading time

7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes’ preparation time

45 minutes

1 hour

Higher Tier

45 minutes including 5 minutes’ reading time

10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes’ preparation time

1 hour

1 hour 15 minutes

Brief Description

Listening comprehension tasks with non-verbal and written responses


This unit requires learners to communicate orally in Chinese by participating in a role play, a photo card discussion and a conversation. Assessment of this unit will also take account of knowledge of, and accurate application of, grammar and structures. The three broad themes will be covered across all of the tasks.


This unit requires learners to respond to a range of questions in English and also in Chinese.

This unit requires learners to be able to communicate effectively for a variety of responses.