Modern Languages


Aims of the Modern Language A Level courses

  • To teach students to speak and think confidently in a foreign language.
  • To train students in a lifelong practical skill which is highly valued by employers.
  • To teach students to organise your thoughts and to present yourself with self-assurance and determination.
  • To provide a closer understanding of other countries and an insight into how they think.
  • To introduce students to the nations’ politics, literature, cinema and history.
  • To deliver an A level course which can be studied at a top university (in conjunction with another subject).

How are languages taught?

  • Teachers make full use of international journalism and European broadcasts, webcasts and podcasts to keep their lessons topical, stimulating and accessible.
  • We incorporate IT into the curriculum to make language learning more interactive, creative, engaging and fun.
  • The Language Assistants play an essential part in our teaching: at A level each student receives additional, individual tuition. At GCSE level students engage in small group discussion on a regular basis.

Find out more about the individual languages taught at Eltham College

French  German  Spanish


For French, German and Spanish, students will have eight lessons per week taught in small groups by two classroom teachers. In addition, you will have an individual additional lesson per week with a native speaker to prepare you for the oral exam.

We follow the A level AQA syllabus.

A level Chinese is currently only offered to native Chinese students who wish to study it as an additional subject off timetable.

Trips, activities and clubs

A Modern and Classical Languages Society aims to stretch and engage our linguists from Year 11 upwards, by offering a range of cultural and academic lectures and seminars. Students are also strongly encouraged to contribute to the programme of talks.

A period of time abroad is a key feature of the our Sixth Form programme in all language departments. The trips vary from year to year.