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Modern Foreign Languages A Level at Nelson Thomlinson School

Course description

Course Content

French

AS Level:

  • The changing nature of the family.
  • Cyber-society.
  • The place of voluntary work.
  • A culture proud of its heritage.
  • Contemporary francophone music.
  • One text or film.

A Level:

All of the above, plus:

  • Positive features of a diverse society.
  • Life for the marginalised.
  • How criminals are treated.
  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment.
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
  • Politics and immigration.
  • Another text.

 

Spanish

AS Level:

  • Modern and traditional values.
  • Cyberspace.
  • Equal rights.
  • Modern-day idols.
  • Spanish regional identity.
  • Cultural heritage or cultural landscape.
  • One text or film.

A Level:

All of the above, plus:

  • Immigration.
  • Racism.
  • Integration. 
  • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens.
  • Monarchies, republics and dictatorships.
  • Popular movements.
  • Another text.

Entry requirements

At least a Grade B in the relevant language at GCSE.

Student Attributes

  • Good knowledge of how to form tenses.
  • Eye for detail.
  • Methodical approach to grammatical accuracy.
  • Excellent comprehension skills in reading and listening.
  • Ability to spot patterns.
  • Genuine desire to communicate in the target language in both writing and speaking.
  • Interest in different cultures and society

Assessment

AS Level:

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation.

Paper 2: Writing exam on one text or one film.

Paper 3: Speaking exam.

 

A Level:

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation.

Paper 2: Writing exam on one text and one film or two texts.

Paper 3: Speaking exam, including a presentation on an individual research topic.

Future opportunities

French and Spanish, taught in small classes, are facilitating subjects, highly rated by top universities and combine well with almost all subjects. Students will also have the possibility to study a foreign language at university, either as a stand-alone or as part of another course. Most universities offer a year abroad as part of other courses. Many past NTS students have progressed to Oxbridge and other top universities to study languages.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2016
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