This subject is part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.
GCSE linguists have the opportunity to continue their studies of French, German or Spanish at Standard Level and for those considering languages at university Higher Level study is available. For the non-GCSE language students or for those seeking to learn a new language the Ab Initio (from beginning) Standard Level course is an excellent introduction to a new language covering the basics through topics such as family and friends, work and leisure, and town and country living. Residential visits are available at all levels to help develop speaking skills and to provide valuable cultural insights; recent visits have included Paris, Berlin and Madrid.
You will be assessed both internally and externally in reading, writing and speaking.
Studying an ab initio language as part of your IB Diploma course will give you many of the learning and language skills required for careers and university study.
You need curiosity in how language works, and an interest in and enthusiasm for the countries, their culture and people.