Key Stage 3  

In a world of shifting sands and emerging global economies, of changing landscapes in Europe and new ventures with international trade partners, it has never been more important to learn another language. It gives us the possibility to understand other cultures and interact on a level that is not possible without using the mother tongue. The London School of Economics states that we lose billions in revenue, due to our lack of being able to communicate in another language when, in other countries, people speak more than one as a matter of course. At SLGGS we want our students to have the skills and to feel empowered to compete in the global labour market at the highest level and we aim to equip all students with the ability to communicate with our global neighbours. Students will finish their language studies with a very tangible skill for life, having had the opportunity to hone many valuable ‘soft skills’ during the process of their language learning.

Year Group

Areas of Study


Topic 1: Introductions

Topic 2: My family, friends and pets

Topic 3: Free time and going out

Topic 4: School and routines

Topic 5: In the café



Topic 1: House and home

Topic 2: German culture and celebrations

Topic 3: Health and wellbeing

Topic 4: Shopping and tourism

Topic 5: Film study – Conni und co



Topic 1: Introductions

Topic 2: Family

Topic 3: Free Time

Topic 4: School

Topic 5: House and hotel


FL1 and FL2

Topic 1: Holiday

Topic 2: Where I live

Topic 3: Going out, meeting up and shopping

Key Stage 4



Outline of the Course

  • The course aims to equip students with the necessary language learning skills both for immediate use and to prepare them for further language study and use in school, higher education or in employment. Students will study from a range of resources which includes writing in different registers. Students can be entered for either foundation or higher tier, however, at SLGGS the majority of students are entered for the latter.
  • The content of the course will develop students’ ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, conveying what they want to say with increasing accuracy as well as express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently.
  • There are three broad areas of study: Identity and Culture, Local National, International and Global Areas of Interest and Current and Future Study and Employment. These topics build on those studied in Key Stage 3. These topics are broken down as follows:
  • Identity and Culture – Youth Culture, Lifestyles and Customs and Traditions
  • Local National, International and Global Areas of Interest – Home and Locality, Countries where the language is spoken and Global Sustainability
  • Current and Future Study and Employment – Current Study, World of Work, Jobs and Future Plans



Type of Assessment




Component 1 – Speaking

12 minutes preparation time then:

Foundation – 7-9 minutes

Higher – 10 – 12 minutes


(60 marks)


Component 2 – Listening

5 minutes reading time then:

Foundation – 35 minutes

Higher – 45 minutes


(45 marks)


Component 3 – Reading

Foundation – 1 hour

Higher – 1 hour 15 minutes


(60 marks)


Component 4 – Writing

Foundation – 1 hour 15 minutes
Higher – 1 hour 30 minutes

(60 marks)