Course: AS and A2

Exam Board: WJEC

Entry Requirements: A* – B at GCSE French / German / Spanish

The syllabi place great emphasis on communicating in the target language and aim to give students a much broader knowledge of the language and culture of the country studied.

Course Description:

In Year 12 you will study AS Level French/ German or Spanish. The topic areas will include:

  • Topic area 1: Leisure and Lifestyles
  • Topic area 2: The Individual and Society
  • You will have examinations in Listening and Writing, Reading and Writing and Speaking.

In Year 13 you will go to study for A-Level. In addition to the topic areas above, you will study the following topics:

  • Topic area 3: Environmental Issues
  • Topic area 4: Social and Political Issues
  • You will have examinations in Speaking, Listening and Writing, Reading and Writing, Essay Writing and Literature, Film Studies or Regions.

Students will have tuition with the foreign language assistant individually or in small groups. Cultural experiences e.g. cinema, theatre, Internet and videos are a valuable feature of the course.

Why you should consider this course:

Modern Foreign Languages are highly valued by universities, particularly those in the Russell Group. The value of foreign languages is widely recognised by employers and educationalists. Studying a language to A-Level is obviously useful if you wish to pursue a career specifically related to languages. However, competence in other languages is a ‘must’ now in many other fields of work, for example, law, business, journalism, science and engineering. As members of the European Union we need to be able to speak other European languages fluently. Those who can do this will be highly prized by prospective employers. Having a language can increase your salary from 8 to 20% and gives you a head start on other potential employees as by speaking another language you’re vital to any company who does international business.

Subject suitability for degree course or future career:

“In today’s world English graduates without languages are at a real disadvantage.” says Anny King, director of the Centre for Languages at Cambridge University. We think the new course is interesting, enjoyable, challenging and relevant to the needs of our students. A survey conducted on our Year 13 students (2013) shows that they judge our AL course (topics and methodology) as a good preparation to the demands of further education.

Contact Name: Ms M Lerègle