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Modern Foreign Languages A Level at North Leamington School

Course description

The course should encourage students to:

- enhance their linguistic skills and develop their capacity for critical thinking on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society of the country or countries where the language is spoken

- engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the original

- language, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context

- develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of the country or countries where the language is spoken

- equip themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical and analytical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or to employment

- develop as independent researchers through the language of study

Course content

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world Grammar

Aspects of German-speaking society
Artistic culture in the German-speaking world
Multiculturalism in German-speaking society
Aspects of political life in German-speaking society

How is it assessed?
- Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
- 160 marks in total
- 40% of A-level

Paper 2: Writing
What is assessed?
One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification

How is it assessed?
Written exam: 2 hours
90 marks in total
30% of A-level

Paper 3: Speaking
How is it assessed?
Oral exam:
60 marks in total
30% of A-level

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs or equivalent including Maths and English at grade 5 or above and an additional 3 at grade A*- C.

Excellent attendance during Year 11 (at least above 90%).

Behaviour and attitude to learning across all GCSE subjects studied to be at least good.

In exceptional circumstances students with a good GCSE profile but have not achieved either Maths or English to a grade 5 at the start of the programme may be considered.

We encourage all students to start with a 3 A level programme. However, in exceptional circumstances, we will consider a student studying a 4th subject. 

Future opportunities

Having a Modern Foreign Language A-Level will mean that you could on to study the language on a degree course, either by itself or in addition to a wide range of other subjects e.g. Engineering, Law, Psychology, Business Studies, Maths, Chemistry, History, Politics, European Studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 February 2017
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