Grammar School

Group 1 & 2

Group 1 & 2: Language A1 and second Language

Overview of Courses

Students select two languages to study for the IB Diploma. Group 1 is English literature based course, whilst Group 2 is a second language, and is designed for students learning the language from beginner level up to near native speaker level. Students select the language courses based on their language proficiency, and the outcomes of the course.

Languages of the Diploma Programme aim, at all levels, to encourage a personal appreciation of literature and to develop the student’s powers of expression, both in written and oral communication. The study of a second language also encourages students to develop an awareness and appreciation of a different culture’s perspectives, as well as providing the students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through language.

There are 3 courses on offer, ranging from ab ititio (beginner) to standard and higher level. An ab initio group 2 course would take the place of 1 of the 3 standard courses in the student’s IB Diploma Programme.



Entry criteria



Group 1 Language A1


C in GCSE English

C in GCSE English

Group 2 Other Language


C in GCSE French

B in GCSE French


C in GCSE German

B in GCSE German


C in GCSE Spanish

B in GCSE Spanish

Ab initio (beginner) French

No previous study is required, & you cannot study ab initio French if you have above a C grade in GCSE French.

Ab initio (beginner) German

No previous study is required, & you cannot study ab initio German if you have above a C grade in GCSE German.

Ab initio (beginner) Spanish

No previous study is required, & you cannot study ab initio Spanish you have above a C grade in GCSE Spanish.

Guernsey Grammar School and Sixth Form reserves the right not offer a particular language at a particular level if there is not the student demand for that course. This will be reviewed each year.

Please click the following to view the detailed outlines.

English Literature
Second language


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