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French / German / Spanish A Level at Carmel College

Course description

At Carmel, all three languages are popular A Level choices appealing to a variety students who wish to follow a career in languages or supplement their other A levels with a highly regarded and respected A Level subject.

Regardless of whether you will study French, German or Spanish (or a combination of these), you will cover a variety of topics and will develop skills across the four disciplines of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

During the course, you will be exposed to written and spoken articles covering a wide spectrum of topics such as healthy lifestyles, the importance of education, gender equality, the world of work and traditions and lifestyles of the countries where your language of study is spoken.

There is a large emphasis on understanding and communication in your chosen language and skills development forms an integral part of the course. Your tutors will offer regular support sessions but will also help and encourage you to develop independent study skills such as reading texts, using specific websites and accessing resources in our language lab to enable you to develop your skills and improve across all four areas.

Throughout the course, you will complete internal assessments to assess your progress in the language including practice speaking assessments as well as essays and translations. The external examinations will take place at the end of the 2 year course.

Entry requirements

You will need GCSE grade B in your chosen language(s).


Homework is set and marked with a grade and targets for improvements given each week. There is also a weekly verb test in the first term and a monthly grammar/ vocabulary test. This will give a good indication about your progress.

Further information

What is the Modern Languages department like?

We are friendly and supportive! Our Modern Language department has a suite of rooms comprising of teaching bases equipped with interactive boards, multi-media projectors and wireless internet connection. We also have a wide range of language resources and a digital Language Laboratory. All our resources are designed to help you to develop your language skills in a varied and exciting way.

What support will I receive?

All foreign language students attend a weekly conversation class in their chosen language(s) in order to develop their speaking skills and boost oral confidence. These sessions, which are compulsory and conducted in small groups by native speakers, form an integral part of preparation for the oral examinations.

Further support in grammar and in improving reading, writing and comprehension skills is given in weekly tutorials some of which require compulsory attendance. A ‘fast track’, more advanced tutorial session is offered every week for more able linguists. As exams approach, we try to organise regular twilight as well as some holiday revision sessions for all students.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years