French, German and Spanish
At GCSE Level, students study all of the following themes on which the exams are based:
- Theme 1: Identity and culture
- Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
- Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
The syllabus is a wide and challenging one, and will appeal to those who have already demonstrated an aptitude for, and interest in, language study at GCSE. Although ‘bridging’ work will be carried out in the first term, it will be assumed that you can handle verbs in all the tenses required for GCSE and that grammar is accurately known. However, success at GCSE is not enough to guarantee a high grade. You will need to have a real thirst for knowledge and a voracious appetite for learning.
Over the two-year course you will learn a lot about the French, German and Spanish speaking worlds, their institutions, traditions and present-day position in Europe and the wider world. Some exercises and tests will require knowledge of the contemporary society you are studying. Different topics will be studied (such as artistic and political culture, current trends and issues for the respective languages of that country), whilst two texts or one text and a film from the lists in the specification will be studied in depth. The speaking exam will require candidates to prepare a topic of their choice (this is the Independent Research Project) which will be discussed during the exam