IGCSE / GCSE Languages

The IGCSE course aims to help pupils to develop their skills in reading, listening, speaking and writing in the target language.  We follow the Edexcel IGCSE course for French, Spanish and German (see http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-gcses-and-edexcel-certificates.html)

Russian follows Edexcel  GCSE (https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/russian-2017.html)

Mandarin follows AQA GCSE  (https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/chinese-spoken-mandarin-8673).  Pupils study topics linked to key themes which include:

  • Home and abroad
  • Education and employment
  • Personal life and relationships
  • The world around us
  • Social activities, fitness and health

The course is designed to broaden pupils’ knowledge of grammar and vocabulary so that they can both understand and produce the target language in written and spoken forms.  Pupils will also learn about the culture of countries and communities where the target language is spoken through a variety of resources including some literature.  All four key skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing are examined.

The course provides a firm foundation and a good preparation for further study of languages at either A level or IB.