Modern Languages

Key Stage 3

Year 7
What will I learn?
In year 7 you will cover 6 different units which will require you to use a variety of speaking, reading, writing and listening skills:

  • Unit 1 A presentation about a famous person in the target language
  • Unit 2 A filmed/animated conversation giving personal details between 2 or more people in the target language
  • Unit 3 What are the average students’ likes and dislikes? An opinion poll about hobbies and pastimes in the target language
  • Unit 4 Come to Kingshurst Academy! Creating a promotional film/brochure selling our school
  • Unit 5 A day out! Memorising and acting out a funny sketch in the target language
  • Unit 6 Would I Lie To You? Giving an account of a real or imagined holiday that you are going on

Year 8
What will I learn?
In year 8 you will cover 6 different units which will require you to use a variety of speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in a foreign language:

  • Unit 7 Holidays of the rich and famous: a celebrity’s blog about their holiday in the target language
  • Unit 8 The Great Kingshurst Bake-Off! Food and drink in the TL countries and making a traditional dish
  • Unit 9 KFW – Kingshurst Fashion Week – a real or virtual demonstration of the clothes we like to and have to wear
  • Unit 10 Horrible Histories! A TV pilot about what homes and lives were like 50 years ago, here and around the world
  • Unit 11 Project Sport – a portfolio of research in the TL about a sport event happening this summer
  • Unit 12 The Apprentice! Design a health product or service and create an advert to promote it

Year 9
What will I learn?
In year 9 you will cover 4 different units which will require you to use a variety of speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in the language you study:

  • Unit 13: Film, TV and music – what are your favourites?
  • Unit 14: Project cinema: using film to expand our knowledge of language and culture and visiting the Electric Cinema
  • Unit 15: Roving reporters: creating a school magazine/flyer with articles that interest young people

After unit 15, students will start working towards GCSE in the language they have chosen to study.
How can I continue my study of the subject at KS4?
You can either study one or BOTH of these languages at GCSE in Year 10. You will have already begun preparing for this during your studies in Year 9.

Key Stage 4

What will I learn?
The languages offered at GCSE level are French, German and Spanish. Ideally students continue with the language they have studied since Year 7. However if students would like to study a new language at GCSE they will have to commit to 2 hour lessons each week from Feb half term- July in preparation for the course in September. These will take place at lunchtime/after school.

Four themes are studied: Lifestyle, Leisure, Home and Environment, Work and Education. These then have a number of subtopics, which are related to everyday life. All four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking are assessed.

How will I be assessed?
French, German and Spanish are with the AQA exam board. Speaking and writing are each worth 30% and the tasks are set by the teacher. Writing is externally assessed but speaking is internally assessed and externally moderated. Listening and reading are each worth 20% and students can either take a Foundation (G-C) or a Higher (D-A*) paper. Listening and reading are set and marked by AQA and the exam takes place in Year 11.

Course: GCSE French
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Specification Code: 4655


Course: GCSE German
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Specification Code: 4665


Course: GCSE Spanish
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Specification Code: 4695


Key Stage 5

What will I study?
What challenges are currently facing youth across the world in modern day society? How important is social networking and communication in everyday life to you? Is this the same emphasis for students of the same age across the globe? These are just two of the topics that students will enjoy studying over the space of the IB course here at college.

By choosing one of the many languages available here at college not only will you enhance your skill set making you more attractive to employers you will also broaden your cultural horizons by giving you a spectacular insight into other countries around the world. Proficiency in a language sets you apart from the crowd and is rated highly by universities and employers, with those being able to speak another language earning on average 20% more than people who do not.

Do you want to be one of the 86% of the UK’s richest under 30s? Then join the IB and learn to speak a foreign language.

Students’ are able to study one of several languages within the Faculty, including, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. These are mainly available at one of three levels of study:

Ab initio: This stands for ‘from the beginning’ and is to all intents and purposes a ‘beginners’ level for those who wish to either:

  • Choose a different language for one that they have perhaps studied for a number of years (you are not obligated to continue to speak a language you have previously studied at GCSE level).
  • Continue a language they may have had some experience-in at a previous (non-examined) stage of their schooling.
  • Start a language from the very beginning, having not elected to study one as an part of their Key Stage 4 Group of subjects.
  • Ab initio is treated with equal status to that of a ‘Standard Level’ subject. The only difference is the level that you work at the competence you achieve by the end of your programme of study, having not studied your language of choice previously.

Standard Level: Where a student would like to continue a language they have previously studied at GCSE level, in order to extended their knowledge and skill in the language.

Higher Level: Where a student feels that they have a particular affinity with the language and would like to learn to achieve a high degree of competence that is likely to contribute to their future aspirations.

How will I be assessed?
Throughout the course you will be regularly assessed in speaking, reading and writing to check your progress in the language. In the final year you will have a speaking exam (30% of the final mark), which will then be followed by exams in reading (25% of the final mark), and written response (45% of the final mark).

What coursework will I need to do?
In the final year you will be required to submit a written assignment, for which you will have prepared extensively throughout the year before. This will focus directly on a cultural aspect of the course that has been of interest to you, as you have progressed through the course. Previous examples of these written assignments have included a cultural analysis of how the non-smoking policy in the United Kingdom compares to that of the Spanish government or has included a comparison of an annual festival such as Christmas or Easter between the UK and Japan.

Case study
Tom Trayers – University of York
Studying Linguistics and Italian

The prospect of studying Ab initio Japanese was one of the main factors which persuaded me to return to study the IB at CTC. I hadn’t studied a language GCSE, but I wanted to pick one up Key Stage 5, and I decided upon Japanese as I thought it would be a more interesting and challenging language to learn than a Romance or Germanic language. For the first term, I found quite difficult, and, as with all IB subjects, it requires a lot of work, but the quality of the teaching was excellent, and I found the process of improving the standard of my Japanese to be very rewarding.

I’ve since gone on to study another Ab initio language (Italian) at university, and I am certain that the language-acquisition skills I developed at CTC have played a significant role in my success since leaving the college. I have recently applied for an internship with the University of York to teach English to Japanese students.

Course: IB French
Exam Board: IB


Course: IB German
Exam Board: IB


Course: IB Japanese
Exam Board: IB


Course: IB Spanish
Exam Board: IB