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French/Spanish

Exam board: AQA French: 7652.  Spanish: 7692

Why choose to study French/Spanish? We live in a multilingual, global society. Languages are all around us. They are used in numerous work and social situations. In opting for an A Level language, you choose to study a fascinating subject, in a fun and exciting way, where you will learn to appreciate the nature and diversity of different cultures and people, and to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and employment.   Having a language at A’ level will improve your employability. Employers in the fields of science, medicine, law and technology look very favorably upon prospective employees with linguistic qualifications. It has been statistically proven that you are likely to earn more money if you can speak another language over the course of your working life.

Course outline: This qualification is linear. Students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Topics studied are: social issues and trends, political and artistic culture, grammar, literary texts and films.

Unit/Module

Description

Type of assessment

Weighting

Paper 1. Listening, reading and writing

Listening and responding and reading and responding to passages and texts from a range of sources covering different registers. Translation to and from the target language.

Written exam. 2 hours 30 minutes.

100 marks.

50% of A’Level.

Paper 2. Writing.

A critical appreciation of the texts and film which have been studied. Written in the target language.

Written exam. 2 hours

80 marks in total.

20% of A’Level.

Paper 3. Speaking

Presentation and discussion on an individual research project.

Discussion on one of four sub-themes covered during the course

Oral exam o 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes presentation time).

60 marks. 30% of A’Level.

Essential student qualifications/abilities: In order to follow an A’Level in a Modern Foreign Language, it is essential that you have at least a Grade 6 at GCSE Level in the language you are choosing to study. You should be hardworking and committed and should enjoy the language you have chosen to study. Finally, you should be organised and be able to meet deadlines.

Desirable student qualifications/abilities: In order to study a Modern Foreign Language to A’Level, as well as possessing the skills above, you should also be someone who is willing to work independently by reading magazines, newspaper articles and books, listening to music and watching films in the language you have chosen to study. Students who are successful linguists are good communicators and are able to interpret and infer meaning from both linguistic and non-linguistic clues.

Higher education opportunities: Universities are very keen to attract students who possess an A level in a Modern Foreign Languages and you can study your Modern Language as a stand-alone subject or combined with another subject as a joint honours degree. The advantage of this is that you get to spend up to a year in a country where your language is spoken. There are several Modern Languages degrees currently on offer at universities across the country.  Many of these require students to study courses which cover the study of literary texts, film and media, as well as learning about the historical and political contexts of the country of the language being studied. There are also universities which offer more practical, professionally focused courses. These may include such themes as translation, international relations, international law or business.

Career opportunities: The ability to speak a Modern Foreign Language can open up many exciting career opportunities. These include careers in: teaching, translating, interpreting, law, marketing, finance, the diplomatic services, journalism, banking, retail, travel and tourism, business, engineering, computing and scientific research. Potential employees who have more than one language are extremely employable. 

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