KS4 Languages

GCSE Languages

AQA GCSE French / German / Spanish

The GCSE courses cover three distinct themes. These themes apply to all four papers. Students will be expected to understand and provide opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in target language countries.

Theme 1: Identity and Culture

Me, my family and friends (includes relationships with family and friends, discussion of marriage, partnership, teenage issues)
Technology in everyday life (social media, mobile technology, pros/cons)
Free-time activities (music, cinema and television, food and eating out, sport)
Customs and festivals in target language countries and communities.


Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Home, town, neighbourhood and region (in the past, present and future)
Social issues (charity / voluntary work, healthy/unhealthy living)
Global issues (the environment, poverty / homelessness)
Travel and tourism


Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

My studies
Life at school / college
Education post-16 
Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Students will be examined in all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing with each skill equally weighted 25% each. All exams take place at the end of Year 11 and all four skills must be examined in the same tier (Foundation or Higher). For further details of how students are assessed, see the attached booklet.