Language College

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart" said Nelson Mandela

This encapsulates the fundamental reason why we believe that learning languages should be at the centre of every community. Language learning and the resulting greater understanding and curiosity has the potential to change the fabric of communities, not only in the multilingual and international environment of London and the surrounding areas but everywhere where people come together regardless of their origin and linguistic background.

For many years Hockerill College has encouraged and supported foreign language learning in the community and will continue to do so in the future. We are always available to advise colleagues and offer collaboration on special events. Apart from language acquisition our aim is to raise an interest in foreign languages and cultures, change attitudes towards foreign languages and prevent inhibitions in young learners. 

Language Learning in the Community

The Language College is committed to the provision of language learning in our local community.

This provision is varied and reflects a commitment to lifelong learning from primary school through to adult education. Following a break due to the Covid-19 pandemic our provision of Languages in the Community is now scheduled to return after Michaelmas half term at the beginning of November. 

The Language College's long established Primary language classes provide extra tuition in extra tuition in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish for local children. Classes run once a week and their enormous popularity confirms our strong belief that young people find language learning not only enjoyable but also inspiring. To register for these classes PLEASE COMPLETE THIS ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM from now until Wednesday, 13th of October 2021.

The aim is to show that language learning is fun and communicating can be easy. The teachers use our target language method and our sixth formers help in class, providing useful experience for them and extra fun for the younger ones. 

Additionally, we offer foreign language adult evening classes here at the College in French, German, Italian and Spanish which enjoy great popularity and provide not only our own parents but all members of the local community the opportunity to benefit from our expertise in teaching foreign languages. These communicational classes enable first timers to start learning a new language and also allow those with language skills to maintain or develop them further in a friendly and stimulating environment. PLEASE COMPLETE OUR ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM to register for these classes from now until Wednesday, 13th of October 2021.

After registration please call 01279 658451, ask for the Finance Department and make the payment for the class you have chosen via a debit or credit card. Your registration will not be complete until payment is made.

Please note that attendance at a language class in Year 5 and/or 6 is not taken into account should you decide to apply for a Year 7 place for your child at Hockerill. The published oversubscription criteria are used should there be more applicants than places available.

For further information please contact Axel Geissler, our Director of Languages via email



We will be once again providing foreign languages classes for children who will be in Years 5 and 6 who wish to learn French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.  

 Languages are taught through a variety of activities: crafts, games and drama. There will be a charge of £70 for a year’s classes, for administration and materials which is payable at the time of application. 

To apply for a place, please complete THIS ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.  A place is not confirmed until payment has been received at the College (credit/debit card payments, cheques made payable to HAEC are preferred). To make the payment please call 01279 658451 and ask for the Finance department.  

Please bear in mind that these classes are intended as an introduction to the language, so if your child is already learning one of these languages, please choose another. 

Please note places are allocated on a first come, first served (and paid) basis. The lists will be closed on Wednesday 24 August 2022 or earlier if the classes are full. 








Classes will run from  














*The running of these classes depends on the availability of staff which has not been confirmed. 

If you have any queries, please contact

Please note that attendance at these classes has no bearing on whether a place at the College will be offered to your child for Year 7, the published oversubscription criteria are used should there be more applicants than places available. 




We will be once again running our popular Adult Evening Language Classes for French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The teaching will focus on the development of oral/communication skills and is not intended as preparation for examinations. 

To register your interest in a language class, please complete THIS ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.

However, your place in the class is not guaranteed until you have made payment for the class. To make the payment please call 01279 658451 and ask for the Finance department. 

The classes are open for everybody aged 18 and over. The maximum group size will be 15. 

Please take a look at the options, timings and costs below: 




Cost per term 


Cost per year 

Spanish Beginners 


7.00-9.00 pm 






(£10.00 per lesson) 






Spanish Intermediate 


7.00-9.00 pm 

Spanish Conversation 


7.30-9.00 pm 

German Beginners 


7.00-9.00 pm 

French Beginners 


7.00-9.00 pm 

Italian Beginners 


7.00-9.00 pm 

The list will be closed on Friday 16th September 2022 or earlier if the classes are full. 

If you have any queries, please contact



Independent Candidates for GCSE examinations in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Languages are an important part of the curriculum at Hockerill and most of our students take two languages at GCSE. There are some students who already speak the languages that we teach at GCSE and are not currently timetabled to study them. For those we can facilitate the taking of GCSE exams in these languages. Students in this group are called ‘Independent candidates’.

Independent Candidates for GCSE examinations in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Registration Process, Deadlines & Fees

Independent Candidates have to register their interest in sitting a MFL GCSE examination with the College’s Examinations Officer, Mrs Dewhurst, by completing the Independent Candidate Language Examination Request Form and returning this to Mrs Dewhurst ( The following fees were applicable last academic year, and we would like you to pay these by the deadline below. Payment details can be found on the Candidate Language Request Form. As soon as the examination boards have published their fees for the current academic year, we will communicate these to parents and either refund part of the fees paid or request further payment.

Exam entrance fees

2020/2021*: £38.70 - AQA GCSE French, German, Spanish

£49.95 - AQA GCSE Italian

£38.55 - EDEXCEL GCSE Chinese & Japanese

Hockerill administration Fee: £5 per entry

*Please note that the exam entrance fees above are last year’s fees.

Exam boards have not yet published fees for the current academic year. We will inform you of the current fees as soon as we have them. Candidates must complete and return the documentation to the Examinations Officer and pay the fees due by the deadline. The deadline for returning the completed documentation for the academic year 2021/22 is Friday, 7th January 2022 at 5.00 pm.

Preparation for Examination

While the College provides the facility to enter students for MFL GCSE examinations, the College is not able to take responsibility for the preparation of individual Independent Candidates, nor can the College take responsibility for the attainment achieved by Independent Candidates. However, the staff of the Languages Faculty will make every effort to provide any reasonable advice and guidance to Independent Candidates to aid their preparation. Independent Candidates are also welcome to attend GCSE revision clubs for the relevant subject.

Point for consideration

The Modern Foreign Languages GCSE examinations that are taught and examined at Hockerill are qualifications for foreign language learners. Foreign language learners are students who start learning a foreign language without any or very little prior knowledge and experience with that language. However, they are not meaningful qualifications for native speakers of a relevant foreign language as the required standard of proficiency is too low. Native speakers who are interested in sitting a mother tongue GCSE examination may wish to research the availability of such an examination. Cambridge International Education ( offer several modern foreign languages examinations for mother tongue speakers. In addition, students may also wish to visit the website of the relevant country’s embassy or contact the embassy directly. Many countries offer the possibility of sitting examinations in their country’s mother tongue and the examination on offer may be more appropriate for a native speaker and therefore much more meaningful.


Should you have any queries regarding the registration process for sitting a modern foreign languages examination as an Independent Candidate at Hockerill Anglo-European College please feel free to contact Mrs Dewhurst ( or Mr Geissler (