Modern Foreign Language - French, German or Spanish
Examination body: AQA
A Modern Foreign Language qualification in French, German or Spanish carries a degree of prestige on university applications
and is highly regarded by employers today. The communication and analytical skills developed through the course are much in
demand in today’s increasingly global labour market.
There are many ways to combine study of a foreign language with another discipline in Higher Education. It is not unusual these days to study a modern language at degree level together with Law, Economics, Marketing or the Sciences. In the job market you could use a foreign language as a primary skill in translating, interpreting or teaching work.
You should have at least a 6 at GCSE in order to cope with the demands of the A level course. You should also be interested in, and enjoy discussing, a range of current topics and issues which relate to life in, and the culture of, the appropriate target language country.
Delivery and Assessment
You will listen to audio recordings of a range of native German/French/Spanish speakers in order to broaden your listening skills. You will also widen your vocabulary and understanding of written German/French/Spanish through reading a variety of texts, newspaper and magazine articles. Grammar tasks will help you to master the rules of the language and you should expect to speak German/French/Spanish regularly throughout the course. Assessment is via three terminal examinations: Paper 1 which is listening, reading and writing (including translation), Paper 2 which is writing (relating to a text and film), and Paper 3 which is speaking (role play card and discussion based on individual research project).