Key Stage 4


At KTC, we follow the AQA specification for GCSE French and Spanish.  Click here for an overview of what you will be learning and how you are assessed: GCSE Syllabus Overview - Click Here

Why study a language at GCSE? By taking a language at GCSE you’ll have amazing skills and a valuable talent that’s applicable to almost everything you do - so, it's quite a handy subject really. A language GCSE builds on what you’ve already learnt in years 7, 8 and 9 and you probably know more than you think. Language classes are still fun and interactive and you cover things at a slightly quicker pace, but this is good as you'll easily notice the improvements that you make in your foreign language. Plus by taking a language GCSE you don’t just learn the language; you get to find out about other people, countries and cultures so it really is an interesting and varied subject.

Here are our top 10 reasons why languages are great:

  1. English is not enough! Not everyone speaks or wants to speak English.
  2. A language will always be useful, no matter what you do.
  3. In class, you get to study a wide range of topics all about different people and cultures, not just how to speak.
  4. You can read books, watch films and listen to songs in their native language - and understand them too!
  5. Languages mean business - being able to speak a language will make you really stand out.
  6. They’re good for you! Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity, improves your memory and you'll be at less risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
  7. It’s really impressive to be able to speak a foreign language. It's a real achievement that your friends will envy and employers will love!
  8. You can understand and talk to lots more people when you go abroad.
  9. Using a language at work could raise your salary from 8-20%.
  10. Learning languages really improves your communication skills.
  11. Want to know what you can achieve with a GCSE in a language?
  12. GCSE French currently uses the Expo for AQA text book (Higher edition): EXPO AQA text book - Click Here
  13. GCSE Spanish currently uses the Mira for AQA text book (Higher edition): AQA text book - Click Here

Don’t know how to go about revising for your languages tests or exams? 

Want to achieve an A* in languages?  Click here for some useful tips.


How to achieve an A star in MFL

How to move from a C grade to a B grade in MFL

Revision Guide French and Spanish (revised Feb 2014)