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Modern Foreign Languages French, German and Spanish A Level at Ursuline High School

Course description

Modern Languages are highly regarded by universities and studying a language at A Level offers the opportunity to not only continue with languages in further education, but also to integrate it as a part of many degrees, thus adding an additional life skill to your CV. The emphasis in new syllabuses is on contemporary issues, current affairs and communication skills, the ability to discuss and debate contemporary and often controversial society issues in the target language. The course provides many opportunities to attend conferences and cultural events throughout the year. There is also an opportunity for work experience abroad during February half-term - in France, Spain or Germany - which has proved an invaluable experience for previous students.

Course content

- A seven-week module focusing on consolidating and deepening students’ knowledge and understanding of the grammar.

- Practice and experience of the language as well as the culture are gained through the weekly use of authentic topical material, e.g. traditional /current songs, newspaper headlines, magazine articles, radio and TV programmes, now accessible via the internet. Students also have the opportunity and are encouraged to borrow DVDs and watch films on a regular basis.

- Students will study topics related to aspects of, culture, politics and literature of the countries where the language is spoken and students are expected to extend their studies at home using various forms of media; homework, prep work and independent learning sessions are all used to help the students acquire key further education study skills as well as to ensure that they experience and enjoy the language outside the classroom.

- In teaching and learning the target language predominates once the grammar module has been done, and answers in English are kept to a minimum so students feel fully immersed. Some of the opportunities to attend conferences and cultural events, via the KS5 society include: students organising events / screening of films and seminar at BFI and the target language institutes (French, Goethe, Cervantes) / seminars and debates attended via our “Lingua Franca” link with Kings’ College


The assessment consists of three papers. Paper 1 is the Listening, Reading and Writing assessment (2h30mins and 50% of the A-Level) ; Paper 2 is the Writing assessment (2 hours and 20% of A-Level) and Paper 3 is the Speaking assessment (21-23 minutes, including 5 minutes preparation time and 30% of the A-Level).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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