- Art and Design
- Business Studies GCSE
- Core Physical Education
- Design and Technology GCSE
- Drama GCSE
- Engineering GCSE
- English Language and Literature
- Food & Nutrition - GCSE
- French or Spanish
- Health and Social Care National Award
- Music GCSE
- Physical Education & Sport
- PSHE and Careers
- Science GCSE
- Social & Religious Studies
- Years 7-9
French or Spanish
The GCSE course aims to build on what students have already studied at Key Stage 3.
The specifications include the study of the following themes:
Theme 1: Identity and culture
- Topic 1: Me, my family and friends
- Topic 2: Technology in everyday life
- Topic 3: Free-time activities
- Topic 4: Customs and festivals in French-speaking or Spanish-speaking countries/communities
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest:
- Topic 1: Home, town, neighbourhood and region
- Topic 2: Social issues
- Topic 3: Global issues
- Topic 4: Travel and tourism
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment covers the following four topics:
- Topic 1: My studies
- Topic 2: Life at school/college
- Topic 3: Education post-16
- Topic 4: Jobs, career choices and ambitions
GCSE French and Spanish have a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9).
Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. Each paper is worth 25% of GCSE.
Paper 1: Listening
Listening is by examination and includes questions that must be answered in English, in the target language or non-verbally.
Paper 2: Speaking
Speaking is conducted by the teacher and includes a role-play, a discussion on a photo card and a general conversation.
Paper 3: Reading
Reading is by examination and includes questions that must be answered in English, in the target language or non-verbally, as well as a translation from the target language to English.
Paper 4: Writing
Writing is by examination and includes writing a short passage, a structured writing task and a translation from English to the target language.
Success in languages at GCSE allows students to progress on to Sixth Form A level courses. Language A levels combine very well with many other subjects (e.g. business studies, geography, English, history…) and is highly regarded by universities and employers.
Northallerton School & Sixth Form College