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Do you enjoy communicating, meeting new people, learning about new cultures and societies? Do you feel excited and motivated by the sound of a foreign language? Do you want to make yourself highly employable? Do you want to develop a whole range of transferrable skills?

AS and A level in modern languages takes you, the enthusiastic linguist, into a whole new league. You will acquire a depth of knowledge, understanding and intercultural competence not to mention a range of transferable skills: communication skills, critical thinking, autonomy, resourcefulness and creativity, all of which are of value to the individual, to wider society, to higher education and to employers. You will develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills, including an extended range of vocabulary, for both practical and intellectual purposes. By the end of the two years you will have a strong foundation on which to pursue your education at degree level.

Course Content


Year 12 Course Content (AS Level where applicable pre-reform) Core content

You will develop knowledge and understanding of aspects of the society, culture and history of the country or countries where the language is spoken.

From the following areas of study three themes are studied at AS and six at A Level – see below

–  Social Issues and Phenomena
–  Politics, Current Affairs and History
–  Intellectual Culture, Past and Present

At AS level you will learn how to understand and respond critically in target language to one work chosen from a prescribed list. This will be a literary work or a film taken from a range of genre including: novels, series of short stories, plays, selections of poems, life writing (such as autobiography, letters and journals). The list of films must include feature length films and can include selections of short films organised by theme or director.

Year 13 Course Content (A Level where applicable pre-reform) Core content

You will develop knowledge and understanding of aspects of the society, culture and history of the country or countries where the language is spoken.

From the following areas of study three themes are studied at AS and six at A Level

–  Social Issues and Phenomena
–  Politics, Current Affairs and History
–  Intellectual Culture, Past and Present

You will study and critically appreciate in writing two works, one of which must be a literary work chosen from the prescribed list which contains novels, series of short stories, plays, selections of poems, life writing (such as autobiography, letters and journals). The list of films must include feature length films and can include selections of short films organised by theme or director.

You will also develop research skills in the language of study, demonstrating the ability to initiate and conduct individual research on a subject of personal interest, relating to the country or countries where the language is spoken.

Entry Requirements


GCSE Grade B in the language you wish to take.

Assessment


AS Assessment

Paper 1:

Listening, Reading and Writing: Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (80 marks and 40% of AS).

Paper 2:  

Written Exam: 1 hour 15 minutes (60 marks and 30% of AS).
Translation into target language: a passage of minimum 70 words (15 marks).
One question in the target language on a set text or film from a choice of two questions (45 Marks)

Paper 3:  

Oral Exam: 12–14 minutes (60 marks and 30% of AS)

Discussion of two sub-themes (6–7 minutes on each) with the discussion based on a stimulus card for each sub-theme.

A2 assessment

Paper 1: 

Listening, Reading and Writing: 2 hours 30 minutes (160 marks in total and 40% of A-level and based on: current trends, current issues, artistic culture and aspects of political life in the target language countries).

Paper 2:

Written Exam: 2 hours (90 marks in total and 30% of A-level).
Either one question in the target language on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.

Paper 3:

Oral Exam: 21–23 minutes
Discussion of stimulus card, presentation and discussion of research project. (60 marks in total and 30% of A-level).

Financial Information


We strongly advise you to buy the largest Collins French / German / Spanish – English dictionary. This has an RRP of around £35, but can generally found for around £16-17 on the internet.

Other costs will be optional, such as participating in our trips abroad or attending MFL days at local universities.

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.

Exam Charging Policy:

–  Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.
–  Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.
–  When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:

    –  the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
    –  non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

BTEC students, who leave the Academy prior to the conclusion of the course, will be charged £50.

 

Future Opportunities


The AS Level builds on knowledge acquired at GCSE and puts you on the pathway for study at degree level. Success is reliant on your ability to become an independent and self-disciplined learner. Once you have an A level language under your belt the world becomes your oyster! Your capacity to communicate in another language opens a great number of doors. Whatever you decide to do in life it is highly likely that your ability to speak and write in another language and to interact with people abroad will give you far more opportunities.

Further Information


Our French assistant will also provide opportunities for you to speak in small groups of no more than 3 students about the topics we study in class as well as contemporary issues in French society. This will be an extra scheduled hour in your timetable.

The MFL department offers a range of activities to enhance the curriculum. We run annual trips to France, Germany and Spain as well as day trips to events such as MFL immersion days at Leeds University. In addition, we have a weekly programme of language clubs for our younger students and encourage our sixth formers to get involved and assist with these.