A Level (AS and A2)

Entry Requirements

Grade B GCSE in the relevant language

Course Structure

French, Italian and Spanish

AS – Stand alone qualification taken at the end of Year 12 or 13

3 Units assessed by examination

A Level – Taken at the end of Year 13

3 Units assessed by examination

French:

Mrs Smith

Italian:

Mrs Nichols

Spanish:

Miss Johnson or

Miss Rump

French, Spanish & Italian

You may think that languages aren’t really relevant to today’s modern world; everyone speaks English, right? Wrong. Languages are all around us; they are used in so many situations whether at work, on holiday or just casually in day-to-day life: we live in a multilingual global society.

Choosing an A-level language is a really smart move if you want a fascinating subject that offers you a range of career possibilities at the end and are a lot of fun along the way. A-level language courses are interesting and varied subjects to study and give you a broad range of knowledge and skills.

Course Structure

French, Italian and Spanish

AS – This is a stand-alone qualification which is taken at the end of year 12 or the end of year 13.

You will study social issues and trends, artistic culture, and a book or film.

Three units assessed by examination.

Paper 1: listening; reading; translation into English

Paper 2: writing; translation into French, Italian or Spanish

Paper 3: Speaking

A Level

Taken at the end of year 13

You will study social issues and trends, artistic and political culture, a book and a film.

Three units assessed by examination.

Paper 1: listening; reading; translation into English

Paper 2: writing; translation into French, Italian or Spanish.

Paper 3: speaking

A level languages build upon your existing knowledge gained at GCSE, giving you a sound understanding of using your language in a variety of contexts and situations – at home, abroad, with friends or in the workplace. The emphasis of the A-level language course focuses on improving communication in your foreign language through different means as well as being able to use it in a variety of situations, developing your key skills areas.

The A-level modern language course is structured so that you’ll study a variety of topics each year which will form the basis of the reading, writing and listening exams and also the speaking test. There is no coursework for this A-level, but this isn’t a bad thing as you’ll gain all the skills and knowledge you need to ace the exams over the two years of study. With seven lessons a fortnight dedicated to learning your language this is a fast pace environment with noticeable improvements. The topics that you’ll cover are really varied so you not only greatly improve your language speaking ability, use of grammar, different tenses, and know tons more vocabulary – but you’ll also learn about culture, history, literature, cinema, society, the environment and lifestyle.

The aim of the A-level modern language course is to help you to develop an interest in speaking a foreign language, to gain awareness of the need to speak foreign languages, to appreciate the nature and diversity of different cultures and people and to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and employment.

Obvious careers include teaching, interpreting and translation, but languages are also valued as an extra skill in all sorts of areas, including tourism, hotels, sales and marketing, secretarial work, airports, the civil service and journalism, to name just a few. Even if languages do not form an integral part of your chosen career, language study at a high level shows prospective employers evidence of hard work, discipline, organisation, and research and analytical skills.