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Modern Languages A Level at The Archbishop's School

Course description

The MFL AS content builds on the understanding developed at Key Stage 4 and gives students the opportunity to learn and apply important transferable skills in critical thinking and analysis, enabling them to make a smooth transition to the next level of study.  We believe languages should appeal to all students and inspire all students who have an appreciation of the language. We will therefore focus our teaching in year 12 and 13 on literature, film and culture of the French-speaking world.  What you will learn features familiar and popular themes, as well as some new content that provides clear links to some of the most fundamental and interesting aspects of the culture of the target language country and communities.  The course also offers a rich choice of literary texts and films that includes contemporary and more classical titles, together with authentic source materials from the Target Language-speaking world.  Our teaching places an emphasis on spontaneity and grammar, as well as provides plenty of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently and creatively. Students are encouraged to develop ideas and use language to persuade and analyse and give critical responses in their writing and speaking.  AS and A Level qualifications that are co-teachable, which provides flexibility for students.  The Themes address a range of social issues and trends, as well as aspects of the political and artistic culture of France and French-speaking countries.


Theme 1: Les changements dans la société française (set in the context of France only)


  • Les changements dans les structures familiales
  • L’éducation
  • Le monde du travail


Theme 2: La culture politique et artistique dans les pays francophones (set in the context of francophone countries and communities)


  • La musique
  • Les médias
  • Les festivals et les traditions

Entry requirements

5 A*-C at GCSE including English and maths. A grade B in the chosen language is preferable but not essential.


Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (1hr 50 min)


Listening: The listening section will be made up of spoken passages covering different registers and types, including authentic communication involving one or more speakers. Sources will

include material from online media.`

Reading: The reading section will be made up of texts containing both factual and abstract content and will be authentic or adapted from authentic sources. The texts will include contemporary, historical, literary, fiction and non-fiction, written for different purposes and audiences.

Translation into English: The content of the translation will be taken from one of the two Themes.




Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (1hr 40 min)


There are two parts to this paper, Section A (translation into French) and Sections B and C (written response to works):


For Sections B and C (written response to works) students must write one essay, either one selected from Section B (literary texts) or one from Section C (films)


Paper 3: Speaking (12-15 min)


Task 1: Responding to written language and discussion based on the Theme Les changements dans la société française)


Task 2: Discussion on the Theme La culture politique et artistique dans les pays Francophones


How will I learn?


The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:


  • enhance their linguistic skills and promote 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
  • develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills, including an extended range of vocabulary, for both practical and intellectual purposes as increasingly confident, accurate and independent users of the language
  • develop their ability to interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in writing, including through online media
  • develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to sustain communication and build fluency and confidence
  • 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
  • mediate between cultures and between speakers of the language and speakers of English
  • foster their ability to learn other languages

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

Future opportunities

The AS/A2 qualification will enable students to communicate information, opinions and judgements effectively, skills that compatible with a wide range of other subjects. An A2 qualification is an asset when applying for places at University or in the world of work. While some students continue to focus on their Modern Foreign Language at University level, more students will continue onto a range of courses such as law, international politics, international business studies, tourism, scientific research, catering abroad, B. Ed in teaching. More importantly, it will add a whole new dimension to a degree and as such, will open new doors in an increasingly demanding and competitive international market and world.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 January 2017
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