Modern Languages A Level

The Modern Languages courses focus on the acquisition of knowledge and understanding about the heritage, contemporary culture and society of the target language country. It would suit somebody who has a genuine interest in the culture of either French, German or Spanish speaking countries and would like to broaden their horizon by studying films and literature in the target language. At the same time, we aim to develop advanced linguistic skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking. The emphases are on development of critical insight into topical issues and accuracy of communication in the foreign language – in other words having something to say and being able to say it.

Course Structure

French

  1. Aspects of French speaking society – current trends
  2. Artistic culture in the French speaking world
  3. Aspects of French speaking society – current issues
  4. Aspects of political life in the French speaking world
  5. Individual research project relating to a country where French is spoken
  6. Study of a book and a film

Spanish

  1. Aspects of Hispanic Society
  2. Multiculturalism in Hispanic Society
  3. Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
  4. Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
  5. Individual research project relating to a country where Spanish is spoken
  6. Study of a book and a film

German

  1. Being a young person in a German-speaking society
  2. Understanding the German speaking world
  3. Diversity and difference
  4. The making of modern Germany: 1989 onwards
  5. Individual research project relating to a country where German is spoken
  6. Study of a book and a film

Examination & Assessment Information

Examination information for current AS and A2 groups

  • AQA for French and Spanish
  • WJEC German

Assessment

Paper 1 – Listening, Reading, translation and Writing – 2.5 hours (50%)

Paper 2 – Writing: Essay on the book or the film studied – 2 hours (20%)

Paper 3 – Speaking: Discussion of a stimulus card and the individual research project – 21 to 23 minutes (30%)

Eduqas for German

Paper 1 – Speaking: Discussion of a stimulus card and the individual research project – 21 to 23 minutes (30%)

Paper 2 – Listening, Reading, translation and Writing – 2.5 hours (50%)

Paper 3 – Writing: Essay on the book or the film studied – 2 hours (20%)

Entry Guidelines

A or B at GCSE is a realistic indicator of likely future success. Emphasis is increasingly on grammar and communication. This is a subject for good communicators and for people with ideas and interest in Europe and beyond.

Where it Leads

Studying a foreign language at A Level will equip students with the necessary confidence and skills to express themselves fluently in their chosen language.

Linguists are very much in demand in the world of work. This qualification can open many doors both at undergraduate level – we have a good record of offers from Russell universities, and for example Faculties of Medicine often show an interest in students who have studied a language alongside the sciences – as well as at post-graduate level in the world of job opportunities in combination with other skills.

Many non-languages courses at university offer Languages module and the Erasmus scheme offers any student from any discipline the chance to spend a year studying abroad. In a world in which English is so widely spoken by foreigners, we need to be able to offer matching flexibility and competence in other languages in order to be able to compete and succeed on the world stage.

Links

Links to examination boards:
AQA - www.aqa.org.uk
WJEC - www.wjec.co.uk