French or Spanish
- Do you want to open your mind to other cultures?
- Do you want to improve your employment prospects by gaining a competitive edge in a global economy?
- Would you like to work or study abroad in the future?
At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language with at least a grade 6 in either French or Spanish.
Is this course for me?
- You want to experience French or Spanish culture and improve your communication skills on organised trips abroad.
- You wish to gain a deeper understanding of foreign culture by studying foreign films and literature.
- You are self-motivated and keen to take advantage of all the opportunities available to learn more.
- You are keen to develop all the skills essential to learning a foreign language – speaking, listening, reading, translating and essay writing.
Where does it lead?
You may choose to go on to study a language further at University. This is sought after in a variety of career sectors including finance, retail, banking, business, teaching and tourism. Companies value employees with language skills as the UK trades with over 200 countries worldwide, 60% of which are non-English-speaking. English may be the language of international business, but the ability to communicate in another language and to be aware of cultural differences is a tremendous asset. Your experience of travel and other cultures will benefit you personally as well as being attractive to future employers. Even if you do not choose to study a language in Higher Education, learning a language at A Level can develop a number of more general skills. Among these are communication skills, cultural knowledge and links with other subject areas. Foreign language study has been found to be associated with improvements in students’ creativity, self-concept, critical thinking, memory, and listening skills. Mental flexibility is enhanced by the reasoning, problem-solving and analytical processes that are frequently used in learning a language.
What will I learn?
You will learn to develop and defend a point of view in your chosen language. You will also practice a topic-based conversation to show your knowledge and understanding.
Listening, reading & translation
You will develop skills in Listening, Reading and Translating your chosen language. This will be assessed via a written exam split into three sections.
Critical response in writing
You will be given the task of studying either one literary work or one film in your chosen language. This will be assessed via a written exam with one essay based question.
You will conduct independent research to deliver a presentation and hold a discussion based on its content. You will also study themes and discuss one of these based on stimulus cards provided.
Listening, reading & translation
You will continue to develop skills in Listening, Reading and Translating your chosen language. This will be assessed via a written exam split into three sections.
Critical & analytical response in writing
You will study one literary work and either an additional literary work or a film in your chosen language and compose two essays based on each.
How will I be assessed?
Your key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening will be assessed through a variety of means, including oral and written exams. There is no coursework content.
What activities can I get involved in?
You may be able to take part in trips to either France or Spain (depending on your choice of language) and also local screenings of foreign films. This will offer you the chance to develop your language skills and enhance your cultural knowledge. You may choose to complete work experience in the language department of one of our partner schools.