The three main languages taught in Concord are French, German and Spanish, and we take students from beginners to A level. We have native speakers for all three of these languages in the department, and we place much emphasis on helping our students become confident speakers in the language they have chosen.
Nearly 50 Concord students took IGCSE qualifications in French, German or Spanish in 2018, with over 80% achieving an A*, and 96% A*/A. We offer French and Spanish at A level, and in German according to demand, and the high level of native-speaker input, as well as individualised teaching, provides students with a rich and vibrant language-learning experience in Sixth Form. We also offer students who are native-speakers of Chinese or Russian the possibility to take GCSEs and A levels in these languages, and we have a small number of students studying Chinese and Japanese to GCSE, who took these languages as beginners.
Concord students sit the Edexcel International GCSE, comprising three Papers (Listening, Reading and Writing, and Speaking) in Form 5, and at the end of 6.1, take the AQA AS exam, and the full A level at the end of 6.2. The AQA AS and A level exams also comprise three Papers, covering the core language skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in the foreign language.
Student numbers taking foreign languages nationally are decreasing, whereas in Concord we are growing in numbers taking MFL all the way through to A level. The opportunities at university for students with a languages A level are wide, and include Law. We prepare suitable students for Oxbridge applications, and our goal in the Concord Modern Languages department is to inspire not just a love of language-learning, but also to give our students the edge that a language qualification now provides.