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Modern Foreign Languages

DEPARTMENT

COURSE NAME

COURSE LEADER 

EXAM BOARD

QUALIFICATION

Modern Foreign Languages French and Spanish

Mr Black (French) 

Miss Cosialls (Spanish)

AQA A level

Course Entry Requirements

These courses are open to students with grades 9-6 achieved at GCSE.

Course Aims

The courses aim to encourage students to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively, develop an understanding of the language in a variety of contexts and increase their awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of the countries where the language is spoken.

Course Content

This is a two year A level course. 

These courses focus on how society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change.  In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of the countries where the target language is spoken.  In the second year, further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on issues, such as life for those on the margins of society as well as looking at the positive influences that diversity brings.  Students also study aspects of the political landscape of the countries of the target language.

Skills

What’s assessed?

Assessment form

Weighting

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

  • Aspects of society: current trends
  • Aspects of society: current issues
  • Artistic culture
  • Aspects of political life
  • Grammar

Written exam:

2 hours 30 minutes

40% of

A level

Paper 2: Writing

  • One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
  • Grammar

Written exam:

2 hours

30% of

A level

Paper 3: Speaking

  • Presentation and discussion of an individual research project
  • Discussion of one of the four sub-themes i.e. aspects of society: current trends, aspects of society: current issues, artistic culture, aspects of political life

Oral exam: Approximately 25 minutes

30% of

A level

Progression and Careers

An A level in Languages provides a basis for further study of French, and/or Spanish at degree level, or for study of Languages together with almost any other subject or subjects – for example Law, History, English, Philosophy, Media, Leisure, Sciences – at degree level or equivalent. 

Possible careers might be in Law, Journalism, Media, ICT, Marketing, Sport and Leisure, Travel and Tourism, Teaching or Translation, but almost any career can be complemented with an understanding of a foreign language.

Exam Board

A level assessment is by examination and the board we use is AQA.  Information can be accessed at www.aqa.org.uk

Contact Name

For further information, please see Mr Black (Head of French) or Miss Cosialls (Head of Spanish).