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Modern Languages (French, Spanish)

Subject Area: Foreign Languages
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: AQA
Syllabus No: French: 7652 Spanish: 7692

What do I need to study this course?

Grade 6 at GCSE in the relevant language. This is not the sole requirement and all requests will be considered. You can help your transition to A level by revising GCSE grammar (in particular the present, perfect, future and imperfect tenses) from any good GCSE revision guide or in the grammar section on www.languagesonline.org.uk


What will I study?

A level French and A level Spanish involve the study of the four linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Authentic listening and reading materials from the internet, television and DVDs will be used alongside textbooks, workbooks and materials on the college virtual learning environment (VLE). We have a departmental language laboratory which, alongside our support workshops, enables students to practise their listening and conversation skills and fulfil their potential. You will have a weekly conversation session with a native speaker, which is a fantastic opportunity to practise new words and expressions. Students may also have the opportunity to attend university or in-house conferences led by academics from top universities in the north of England, which will improve their language skills and provide valuable careers advice. Student may also be able to take part in work experience placements abroad.

FRENCH A-LEVEL YEAR 1

You will study the following topics: family, cyber society, voluntary work, cultural heritage, music and cinema as well as a French film, grammar and translation.

FRENCH A-LEVEL YEAR 2

You will study the following topics: positive aspects of diversity, the marginalised and how criminals are treated, teenagers: the right to vote/political commitment, strikes, politics & immigration. You will also read one literature book and continue with grammar and translation and do an individual research project.

SPANISH A-LEVEL YEAR 1

You will study the following topics: modern and traditional values, cyberspace, equal rights, modern day idols, Spanish regional identity, cultural heritage or cultural landscape, a Spanish film, grammar and translation.

SPANISH A-LEVEL YEAR 2

You will study the following topics: immigration, racism, integration, today’s youth tomorrow’s citizens, monarchies, republics and dictatorships, popular movements, an individual research project, a literature book, grammar and translation.


What next?

Studying modern languages will give you excellent career opportunities and life-long skills in today’s international market. Knowledge of another language makes you more employable and stands out in job applications.

Employers value the transferable skills that linguists demonstrate such as critical thinking, analysing and assessing information, being flexible and being an effective communicator. At university, you can combine languages with almost any other subject, such as management, law, business, engineering or sciences. Language graduates work in all sorts of areas such as journalism, logistics, marketing and sales.