Good Progress for All


Mr Gettings

Welcome to the Languages Faculty at New College Leicester.

In a modern, globalised world with complex international business and economic relationships, it is not sufficient to communicate solely through English – it is estimated that more than 70% of the world’s population does not speak English and that languages, such as French, are vital to the careers of today’s young people. Furthermore, in light of the referendum and the decision of British people to leave the EU, it is clear that languages will now be a much coveted skill, as the need to communicate and negotiate with our European counterparts becomes all too evident.

Thus, at New College Leicester, we are delighted to offer French at Key stage 3 and 4 and are excited to engage our French learners with an exciting new curriculum, which focuses on skills such as translation – a talent that is becoming increasingly sought and develops and further enhances knowledge in the area of poetry and great French literary works. Moreover, we offer the possibility of an EBacc qualification, something which makes candidates an attractive prospect for universities, colleges and future employers.

Below is an overview of the multifarious topics covered throughout Key stage 3 & 4:

Key Stage 3

Year 7 Year 8
Autumn Term Self, family and friends
Media and modern technology
Paris and talking about travelling
Spring Term Hobbies
Where you live
Relationships, music and fashion
Describing your local area
Summer Term Holidays Talking about your talents

Key Stage 4AQA GCSE French (Syllabus Number 8658)

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Term Social life as a teenager
Healthy living
Me, my family and friends
Technology in everyday life
Spring Term World of work
Free-time activities
Customs and festivals
School and future career plans
Summer Term What’s important to you
Year 9 project
Home, town and local area
Social issues
Exam practice in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

AQA GCSE Specification.
We provide students, for whom English is an additional language, the opportunity to take a GCSE in their home language. We are currently offering Polish, Greek, Persian, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, German, Italian, Dutch and Turkish GCSEs.

Learning a foreign language is very important. Languages improve the quality of students’ lives and their understanding of how other people live and think. It may also improve their ability to find a job with many employers now looking for employees with language skills.

Languages for life! Languages for all!


To support students in their learning all students at New College have access to Kerboodle in year 10 and 11 and Active Learn for years 7,8 and 9. We use this as a valuable revision tool and sometimes to set homework.


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Thank you,

Mr T Gettings – Second in Languages

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