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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

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. Students may be able to take part in work experience placements abroad and/or a study trip to Spain.


The topics you will study are: family, cyber society, voluntary work, cultural heritage, music and cinema, a French film, positive aspects of diversity, the marginalised, how criminals are treated, teenagers – the right to vote and political commitment, demonstrations and strikes, politics and immigration, and grammar and translation,. You will also read one literature book and carry out an individual research project.


The topics you will study are: modern and traditional values, cyberspace, equal rights, modern day idols, Spanish regional identity, cultural heritage, a film called Ocho apellidos vascos, immigration, racism, integration, today’s youth tomorrow’s citizens, monarchies, republics and dictatorships, popular movements, an individual research project, a play called Las bicicletas son para el verano, and 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 including journalism, logistics, marketing and sales.

Did you know?

There are about 7,000 languages in the world.