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Modern Foreign Languages AS/A Level at Fortismere School

Course description

Why study French and Spanish at A level -

With the increasing influence of Europe and the global world on our lives, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to communicate in more than one language. Learning a foreign language will give you the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of other cultures, and to acquire essential communication skills. You can combine languages with any other subject and language qualifications are highly regarded by top universities and employers.

Your studies will be academically challenging and an important first step into the international world of study and work. They will also incorporate a wide range of enrichment opportunities, such as A-Level study trips to the relevant country, one-to-one sessions with a native speaker, and help with setting up work experience in the relevant country.

Course content

You will be studying your chosen language(s) in a wide range of general topic areas, such as youth culture and concerns, health and fitness, travel, tourism, and environmental issues. You will also learn about customs and traditions, national and international events, literature and the arts.

In addition to gaining a thorough knowledge of grammatical structures and concepts, you will be taught to communicate in the target language in a wide range of situations through a variety of teaching and learning styles. The department subscribes to many online resources and students will find these invaluable. We have native speaking language assistants who work closely with sixth formers. There will be an opportunity to take part in a work experience.

Entry requirements

You need to have a minimum of a B grade at GCSE in the language you want to study. You need to have an interest in language and in current affairs and social issues, particularly in the context of the country concerned. It is also required that students have a grade B or above in English GCSE and English Literature GCSE.


AS Units

Module 1 - Spoken expression and response (15% of GCE A Level)
Mixture of response to stimulus and conversation, linked to student choice.

Module 2 - Understanding and written response. (35% of GCE A Level)
Mixture of listening and reading tasks (non-verbal, short passages in the target language and English responses); writing in response to a stimulus. Students control the pace of assessment.

A2 Units

Module 3 - understanding and spoken response (17.5% of GCE)
Taking a stance on a chosen issue and defending it; discussion of further issues; focus on students’ interests.

Module 4 - research, understanding and written response (32.5% of GCE)
Translation task (English to the target language).
Essay (discursive or creative) from a wide range of titles.
Reading and research based task. (Wide research areas, free choice of literary texts or film.)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Fortismere School directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2016
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