KS5 sees a development of the linguistic skills and cultural awareness founded at KS3 and KS4. Students have the opportunity to discuss issues in contemporary society of the languages in which their chosen language is spoken. The skills developed at KS5 help prepare students for study in Higher Education, as we work to break down complex texts and debate cultural, societal and moral issues in the target language.
KS5 also affords the opportunity to study a literary text (currently we study Camus’ L’Étranger) and a film (Kasowitz’s La Haine), which allows students to develop their analytical skills and deepen their understanding of French culture.
In German, we study Goodbye Lenin! We study the historical and social context on the film and in Spanish in Year 12, we study Pan’s Labyrinth and look at Franco’s regime.
Students are independent language learners and users at this stage and work independently with the Langauge assistant to prepare their Independent Research Project, which they choose and lead themselves.
The examinations are taken at the end of Year 13.