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A language GCSE is an important component of the EBac qualification, which many universities look at to give them an indication of what can set one student apart from another. Aside from that, languages are becoming ever more essential in today’s world market, whatever your speciality, and are a skill for life which employers value highly.
At Fernwood, we offer a choice of two European languages, French or German. These are the languages most in demand by UK businesses. You can choose one of them, or you can take both! Students will follow a full GCSE course in French and/or German.
Whatever you choose, the course will be very similar – the only big difference will be the language you speak!
Why should I study this course?
If you enjoy communicating with other people, finding out how language works and learning about different countries and cultures, studying GCSE French and German is an excellent choice for you. Of course you will learn to understand a lot more French and German when you hear it or read it and be able to say and write a lot more in French and German. But there are many other reasons for taking this GCSE course:
What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?
Good news! If you’ve studied French or German at Key Stage 3, you’re well prepared to do a GCSE course in these languages. You already know a lot of the vocabulary and grammar you’ll need for GCSE. You know how to talk about yourself, your family and friends, your hobbies, where you live, school, holidays, food and drink. You’ll build on these topics during your GCSE course, as well as moving on to new topics. So you’re already part way there.
What will I be studying during the course?
The course is based on the skill areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
The language content of the Full GCSE examination will be based around the three themes:
How will I be assessed?
This is a linear qualification with all assessments being completed at the end of the course in May or June of Year 11. You will take all four components – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing – at the same level – either Foundation or Higher – and each component is worth 25% of the GCSE grade.
Routes to employment
People with language skills and knowledge are highly thought of in the modern world. They stand out as talented and successful people, with broad and exciting horizons. Taking GCSE French and German means you will:
There are many Fernwood students who have continued their language studies at A Level and beyond and who are currently either living and working abroad or using their language skills in their employment in the UK in fields such as Business, Law, Management and Public Relations. Being able to communicate in French and German can open many doors in life. You never know where it may lead!