A Level French and German at Garth Hill College
Content of the AS course
During the AS course, while developing your knowledge of grammatical structures, you will study each of the following topics in depth:
- Media (Television, advertising, communication technology)
- Popular Culture (Cinema, music, fashion/trends)
- Healthy Living/Lifestyle (Sport/exercise, health and well-being, holidays)
- Family/Relationships (Relationships within the family, friendships, marriage/partnerships)
Content of the A2 course
For A2 you need to study two cultural topics and also the Environment, the Multicultural Society and Contemporary Social Issues:
- Cultural Topics: A target language-speaking country/ region. A period of 20th century history from a target language-speaking country/community. The work of an author/dramatist/poet from a target language-speaking country/ community. The work of a director/architect/musician/painter from a target language-speaking country/ community.
You will need to have a grade B in GCSE French or German, an interest in the language and culture of France or Germany. You also need to be committed to improving the skills you learnt at GCSE level to allow you to build a deeper understanding and working knowledge of the language.
The AS course is assessed in two parts:
Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing. 2 hour exam. This accounts for 70% of the AS marks (and 35% of A Level Marks).
Unit 2: Speaking Test. 15 minute speaking exam (with 20 minutes preparation). This accounts for 30% of the AS marks (and 15% of the A Level marks).
The A2 course is also assessed in 2 parts:
Unit 3: Listening, Reading and Writing.
Unit 4: Speaking - this is based on the topics studied in the A2 year, including your cultural topic.
An A Level in French or German would have many benefits in a future career involving travel or working with other people. It also enhances employment prospects in many areas as well as providing a sound basis for further study of languages.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Garth Hill College directly.