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Modern Foreign Languages A level at Walton High

Course description

In the growing climate of globalisation, the importance of speaking another language is becoming ever more apparent. To quote a newspaper article (Daily Mail, 28 February 2002) “Learning another language can boost your job prospects like never before. Salaries are on average 8% higher with another language than for workers without language skills…. As companies are going global and the UK is increasingly tied to Europe, being able to speak another language means that employers from the UK and abroad are beating a path to your door”.

A qualification in a foreign language can lead to many exciting careers in industry and commerce in addition to the more obvious teaching and interpreting or translating. More recently, university science faculties allow their students to undertake free extra-curricular courses in the university language centres or courses that will contribute towards their final class mark. The study of a foreign language will be a perfect complement to any course at Post-16.

Course content

The course is focused on four main areas of study: Social issues and trends, political and artistic culture, grammar, literary texts and films. The course is designed to develop insights into, and to have first-hand contact with, the society and culture of countries where the target language is spoken , introduce students to at least one work of literature and one film from the relevant countries and develop advanced knowledge of language.

Entry requirements

8 GCSEs (A*-C) or above, including English Language and Maths. Grade B or above in relevant GCSE language.


In the second year, students will sit two exam papers and will complete an oral exam. Paper 1 is the listening, reading and writing paper (worth 40% of the A level) and Paper 2 is the written exam based on films and literary works studied throughout the course (worth 30% of the A level). The oral exam , focussed on a discussion about some of the topics studied and an individual research project, is Paper 3 (worth 30% of the A level).

Future opportunities

French and/or Spanish A level can lead on to almost any course in Higher Education, including language, business studies, law, science and humanities degrees. Furthermore, a language degree or even part of a language degree can lead to almost any career as an additional skill to offer employers, including accountancy, law, medicine, the armed forces, leisure and tourism and retail.

Further information

Students will be given enrichment opportunities through overseas visits, independent study with native language specialists and Master Classes.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years