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Modern Languages (French, Spanish)

Subject Area: Foreign Languages
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: WJEC
Syllabus No: Syllabus

What do I need to study this course?

Ideally, grade B at GCSE in the relevant language. This is not the sole requirement and all requests will be considered.


What will I study?

Authentic materials from the Internet and DVDs will be used alongside textbooks and the Virtual Learning Environment. We have a language laboratory for practising listening and conversation skills. We will give you extra help at our workshops and weekly conversation sessions with a native speaker. Study trips, work experience placements abroad and university or in-house conferences may be arranged to improve language skills. Grammar and translation are studied in year 1 and 2 and listening, speaking, reading and writing will be based on the following topics:

FRENCH A-LEVEL YEAR 1
The changing nature of family; The ‘cyber-society’; The place of voluntary work; A culture proud of its heritage; Contemporary francophone music and cinema: the 7th art form; A French film.

FRENCH A-LEVEL YEAR 2
Positive features of a diverse society; Life for the marginalised; How criminals are created / Teenagers: the right to vote and political commitment; Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power? Politics and immigration; Individual research project; A literature book.

SPANISH A-LEVEL YEAR 1
Modern and traditional values; Cyberspace; Equal rights; Modern day idols; Spanish regional identity; Cultural heritage or cultural landscape; A Spanish film.

SPANISH A-LEVEL YEAR 2
Immigration; Racism; Integration; Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens; Monarchies, republics and dictatorships; Popular movements; Individual research project; A literature book.


What next?

Studying modern languages will give you excellent career opportunities and life-long skills in today’s international market. At university you can combine languages with almost any other subject such as Management, Law, Sciences or another language. Language graduates work in all sorts of areas such as journalism, logistics, marketing and sales.