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French, German, Spansh A Level at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

To broaden your horizons and improve your communication skills, continue to study at least one foreign language at A Level if you can. You will certainly enhance your travel and job prospects in, for example, teaching, business, finance and law.

In the sixth form you will build on the basic knowledge that you already have. The minimum entry requirement is a B grade in your chosen language at GCSE and evidence of commitment and self-motivation.

At A Level the course is not simply the study of language, but the civilisation and culture of the country as well. You must be prepared to take every opportunity to speak, read widely, listen to the radio and watch television - all in the foreign language. There is the opportunity to complement your other studies by pursuing particular areas of interest in greater depth, and developing a personal and independent response to them.

Entry requirements

A student wishing to study French, German or Spanish should preferably have a grade A or A* in that language at GCSE to be confident of success but certainly no less than grade B.


Paper 1: 2 hours 30 minutes: listening, reading, translation to and from the language
(40 per cent of total A level)
Paper 2: 2 hours: writing
(30 per cent of total A level)
Paper 3: 21 – 23 minutes: speaking
Discussion of a stimulus card, presentation and discussion of an individual research topic
(30 per cent of total A level)

Future opportunities

Modern foreign languages can be studied as single subjects at university or combined with another language or many other subjects. Careers can include international relations, the Diplomatic Service, interpreting and translation services, journalism, media, law, teaching, humanitarian work, tourism, international banking.

The fine attention to detail and global outlook acquired through the study of a foreign language are highly regarded by corporate employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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