Modern Languages

Modern Languages

Modern Languages is an Area of Learning in the post-primary curriculum. It is not compulsory for pupils at Key Stage 4, but schools must offer access to at least one course in an official language of the European Union that leads to a qualification in this Area of Learning.

There is no prescribed minimum content for Modern Languages at Key Stage 4.

This area gives young people opportunities to develop effective communication skills through listening, speaking, reading and writing. It also provides some understanding of the richness of language and literature in any culture as a means of communication and creative expression.

Whole Curriculum Skills and Capabilities

To meet their statutory obligations, schools must ensure that pupils develop the Cross-Curricular Skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT, and the Other Skills, and that teaching promotes the relevance of learning to everyday life and work.


We provide a range of qualifications that build on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through this Area of Learning. These include:


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