Teaching Staff

  • Miss L Averell, BA MEd PGCE (Subject Leader)
  • Mrs V Dempsey, BA PGCE
  • Mrs L Nicholl, BA PGCE


Key Stage 3



All students in Year 8 study French. The topics are:

  • Greetings/Introductions/Nationalities
  • Numbers/Dates
  • Family/Pets
  • Classroom Objects/Instructions
  • Weather
  • Time
  • Places in Town/Directions
  • Food and Drink
  • Parts of the Body
  • Shopping for Fruit, Veg, Souvenirs


All students in Year 9 study Spanish. The topics are:

  • Let's Go
  • At School
  • My Family
  • At Home
  • In Town
  • Free Time


All students will study Spanish to Christmas and French from January to June. The topics are:


  • Food
  • Fashion
  • Health


  • Descriptions
  • At Home
  • Pastimes
  • Clothes
  • School
  • Transport



French and Spanish GCSE (AQA)

Unit 1: Listening - 20%
Unit 2: Reading - 20%
Unit 3: Speaking - Controlled Assessment - 30% 
                           Two tasks submitted for moderation
Unit 4: Writing - Controlled Assessment - 30%
                        Two tasks submitted for marking


A Level


Spanish A Level (AQA)

AS Exam

Unit 1
Listening, Reading and Writing
70% of AS, 35% of A-level
2 hour written exam

Unit 2
Speaking Test
30% of AS, 15% of A-level
35 mins

A2 Exam

Unit 3
Listening, Reading and Writing
35% of A-level
2hours 30 mins written exam

Unit 4
Speaking Test
155 of A-level
35 mins speaking test


Extra Curricular

A trip to Paris or Barcelona is offered each year to students in Key Stage 3.

A Spanish club is held each Wednesday at lunch time, during which students play games, sing, design posters as well as many other activities in the target language.

A revision club is held each week for GCSE students to allow them to improve their linguistic skills and to enable them to reach their target grade.

European Day of Languages is celebrated each year in which all subjects tie in an element of languages or Europe into their lesson. A special European Day of Languages assembly is also delivered to the whole school.

The Modern Languages department here at Slemish College recognises the importance of enhancement activities in promoting languages in the Department and in the wider community.

"Language Awareness Seminar" for Year 10 students is held each year. This has entailed quizes, video clips, guest speakers, such as Richard Hunter from Michelin and question and answer sessions on "Why study a language at GCSE?"

We have also held "French Breakfast" for our Year 8 students which has entailed the serving of typical French food, a quiz and French music provided by the music department.

We have established a video-conferencing link with Broughshane Primary School enabling our students to deliver lessons in French to P5 students. This has been greatly enjoyed by both our students and students in Broughshane.

Homework & Core Assessments

We strive in the Modern Languages department to design homework and assessment tasks to match pupils' ability and experiences with very clearly defined expectations.

Students in Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 are assessed at the end of each unit. As well as this, three core assessments are carried out in Key Stage 3 throughout the year, one in October, February and April.

We encourage parents to sign pupils' end of unit assessments as well as their core assessment marks. All students in Key Stage 3 and 4 are given a homework book which are differentiated according to class in order to ensure a sense of progression and accomplishment. Pupils are given one learning homework each lesson and at least one written homework a week.