Entry Requirements

  • 5+ GCSEs at 9-4
  • Grade 6 in French to study French
  • Grade 6 in Spanish to study Spanish


Thomas Hurth
Director of Learning – MFL


Note: French and Spanish each require a separate entry, but the content remains the same for both subjects.

Course Outline

These subjects aim to:

  1. Develop international-mindedness through the study of languages, cultures and ideas and issues of global significance. 
  2. Enable students to communicate in the language they have studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes. 
  3. Encourage, through the study of texts and through social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of a variety of perspectives of people from diverse cultures. 
  4. Develop students’ understanding of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar. 
  5. Develop students’ awareness of the importance of language in relation to other areas of knowledge. 
  6. Provide students, through language learning and the process of inquiry, with opportunities for intellectual engagement and the development of critical- and creative-thinking skills. 
  7. Provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language. 
  8. Foster curiosity, creativity and a lifelong enjoyment of language learning.

Course Content

The five prescribed themes of the course are:

  • Identities
    Lifestyles • Health and wellbeing • Beliefs and values • Subcultures • Language and identity
  • Experiences
    Leisure activities • Holidays and travel • Life stories • Rites of passage • Customs and traditions • Migration
  • Human ingenuity
    Entertainment • Artistic expressions • Communication and media • Technology • Scientific innovation
  • Social organisation
    Social relationships • Community • Social engagement • Education • The working world • Law and order
  • Sharing the planet
    The environment • Human rights • Peace and conflict • Equality • Globalisation • Ethics • Urban and rural environment

Course Assessment

Assessment Objectives

  1. Communicate clearly and effectively in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes. 2. Understand and use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and/or intercultural contexts and audiences. 
  2. Understand and use language to express and respond to a range of ideas with fluency and accuracy. 
  3. Identify, organise and present ideas on a range of topics. 
  4. Understand, analyse and reflect upon a range of written, audio, visual and audio-visual texts (including the study of two literary texts).
  • Paper 1: Productive Skills (Writing)
    25%, 30 marks, 1 hour 30 mins
    One writing task of 450-600 words from a choice of three (each from a different theme), choosing a text type from among those listed in the examination instructions
  • Paper 2: Receptive Skills
    Listening Comprehension (25%, 25 marks, 1 hour)
    Reading Comprehension (25%, 40 marks, 1 hour)
    Comprehension exercises on three audio passages and three written texts, drawn from all five themes (separate sections for listening and reading)

This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.

  • Individual Oral Assessment
    30 marks
    A conversation with the teacher, based on an extract from one of the literary works studied in class, followed by discussion based on one or more of the themes from the syllabus