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Modern Foreign Languages - Spanish AS/A2 (See Option Blocks on our website) at Notre Dame High School

Course description

This course leads to AS after one year, with the option of certificating at AS or continuing to A2 for a further year's study after successful completion of AS.

Course content

AS - Level This one-year course builds on the knowledge and skills studied at GCSE and is a mid-way stage between GCSE and A-Level. You will therefore require a good grade at GCSE level to enrol on the course. The four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are developed through the study of topics in the country of the language studied. These include: television, cinema, advertising, popular music, fashion, new technologies, sport & leisure, healthy living and family life.

A2 - Level

Following the two AS modules, students study more challenging topics in order to take the two A2-level modules at the end of the second year. Once again, all four linguistic skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing are studied, allowing students to become very confident in their use of the foreign language topics. These include: the environment, multicultural society, contemporary issues and cultural topics.

 

Modern Language AS and A levels combine well with any other subject at Notre Dame High Sixth Form and complement a well-balanced education. The course at AS and A2 level develops essential skills of communication and is an ideal option for students who have an enthusiasm for language learning and a willingness to participate in discussions and debates. Reading and researching contemporary resources, such as newspaper articles, the internet and video-clips, forms an integral part of the course. If you prefer working in smaller groups, there will be opportunities to practise speaking with a language assistant. Students who are interested in the prospect of travelling abroad can complete work experience or go on study visits in France , Germany and Spain .

Entry requirements

you need a grade B or above at GCSE in Spanish. It is vital that you have plenty of enthusiasm for language learning, a willingness to particpate in oral work and have an interest in reading and research.

(See Option Blocks on our website)

Assessment

AS Examination

Paper 1 1

hour 45 minutes

Listening & Reading Comprehension and Writing Translation into English

45% of total AS-level

Content:

Spanish/French society and culture

Paper 2

1 hour 30 minutes

Extended writing on one film or text studied.

Writing

25% of total AS-level

Paper 3

12- 14 minutes

Speaking

Discussion of one sub-theme from artistic

Culture and one from Aspects of Hispanic/French society, based around stimulus cards.

Pre-test preparation time-15 minutes

30% of total AS-level

A LEVEL Examination

Paper 1

2½ hours

Reading & Listening comprehension, Writing. Translation into English Translation into Spanish

50% of total A-level

Content:

Current trends and issues studied Spanish/French culture & political life Grammar

Paper 2

2 hours

Content:

Extended critical & analytical essays on one text AND one film or two texts

Writing

20% of total A level

Paper 3

21-23 minutes ( including 5 minutes preparation time)

Speaking

30% of total A-level

Content:

Stimulus card based discussion on a sub-theme.

Presentation and discussion of Individual Research Project

Examination conducted by visiting examiner

Future opportunities

• An A-level in a language is an essential qualification for students wishing to pursue their study of foreign languages in Higher Education.

• Taking an A-level in a foreign language is not restricted to people who want to go on to university to study languages or other arts subjects. Many Higher Education courses now contain a language module and this is becoming a popular option or even a requirement.

• Students of other disciplines e.g. Medicine, are finding that some university departments prefer students with post-GCSE foreign languages. Study of a modern foreign language at A level also enables you to take advantage of the many opportunities in Europe and beyond.

• Linguistic skills can enhance career and employment prospects both at home and abroad due to the increased trade and business communication across continents. As Britain’s European horizons broaden, so will the demand for competence in European Languages.

Whatever your future holds, you will need to be able to communicate with people at all levels, not only about professional matters, but also on a social level. A language qualification could be your trump card, so why not study languages at Advanced

Further information

Modern Language AS and A levels combine well with any other subject at Notre Dame High Sixth Form and complement a well-balanced education. The course at AS and A level develops essential skills of communication and is an ideal option for students who have an enthusiasm for language learning and a willingness to participate in discussions and debates. Reading and researching contemporary resources, such as newspaper articles, the internet and video-clips, forms an integral part of the course. If you prefer working in smaller groups, there will be opportunities to practise speaking with a language assistant. There are opportunities for students who are interested in travelling abroad to take part in study visits or work experience.

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: 04 October 2016
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: N/A

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