The Perse School

Other languages

Off-timetable formal language study


In addition to our main curriculum, we offer a three year extra-curricular course leading to a GCSE qualification in the following languages:

  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Japanese

Lessons take place over one lunchtime and one after-school session per week, equivalent to just under seven teaching periods per fortnight.  Following a free three-week trial period at the start of the academic year, a modest annual payment is payable to subsidise the cost of running these additional classes.

Students usually study these courses in Years 9, 10 and 11. We provide a brief introduction to these languages in Year 8 via our language studies course, and there is a Year 7 club to enable students to start exploring the languages ahead of the GCSE course.

Mandarin will be offered as part of the main curriculum in Year 9 from September 2018. Pupils considering studying Mandarin in Year 9 from September 2018 are strongly encouraged to attend Mandarin club in Year 8.

AS level

Where there is sufficient student interest, we also look to offer a similar subsidised extra-curricular AS over two years in Italian and Japanese, for sixth formers. This runs in similar fashion to the courses above.

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