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Modern Foreign Language French, German, Spanish A Level at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

To take advantage of the opportunities in today’s global jobs market, young people need to wake up to the need for language skills.

A qualification in a foreign language has always been useful for those considering a career in engineering, law, accountancy, medicine or commerce and with European ties firmly established this usefulness is increasing.

Foreign language qualifications are highly esteemed by employers. There is also a growing trend of joint degree courses including a Modern Foreign Language as one of the components.

Course content

The course continues to develop Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills through a variety of activities and resources.

The topics studied range from Education, Issues for Young People and Leisure Activities to Environmental Issues and Social and Political Aspects

. At A Level the main element of the course is an in-depth study of a French/ German/ Spanish film along with study of a text.

Even with full teacher support you will have to commit yourself to serious private study on an organised and regular basis.

Using the Internet for research and independent study is an integral part of the course along with regular speaking sessions with the Language Assistant.

Entry requirements

The best foundation for success at A-level in a foreign language is a GCSE grade A*-B.


A Level consists of four units of assessment. We use the AQA exam board at A Level.

Unit 1

Listening, Reading and Writing - 2hrs 30. = 40% of A Level

  • Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and resources.
  • Reading and responding to spoken passages.
  • Translation into English. Translation into target language.

Unit 2

Writing - 2hrs = 30% of A Level

  • Two books from the set list of texts in the specification OR one book and one film.

Unit 3 Oral 21-23 minutes = 30% of A Level

  • A discussion of an sub theme (5-6 mins) followed by a discussion about a different stimulus card.
  • A presentation (2 mins) followed by a discussion of individual research project (9-10mins).

Future opportunities

The ability to offer one or more European Language is now a natural requirement of an increasing number of jobs.

Whilst languages on their own can lead to careers in teaching, interpreting and translating, colleges and universities nowadays reflect the needs of business and industry by offering courses which combine languages with a variety of other studies – accountancy, business studies, law, marketing, tourism and leisure. Many courses include work placements or study abroad.

Typical career destinations for people with foreign language skills at A-level and beyond are:

  • Diplomatic Service
  • Journalism/Media
  • International Banking/ Financial Services
  • Engineering
  • Teaching
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Hospitality
  • Marketing

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 01 June 2016

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