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Modern Foreign Languages A Level at St Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School

Course description

The benefit of studying French or German to Advanced Level is that a student finally has the opportunity to branch out and communicate authentically in the target language. In addition to being able to speak and understand ‘real’ French or German, students also have the opportunity to discuss a variety of contemporary issues such as Marriage, Racism, Health, Environment, Advertising, Fashion and Music.

Course content


The course builds on and extends GCSE knowledge through the following topics:
- Media.
- Popular Culture.
- Healthy Living and Lifestyle.
- Family and Relationships.
These topic areas form the basis for assessment:
Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing.
Unit 2: Speaking (stimulus card and conversation).


The course builds on the skills learnt at AS level and is based on the following topics:
- Environment.
- Multi-cultural society (e.g. immigration, racism).
- Contemporary social issues (e.g. wealth and poverty, crime, science, modern technology).
- Cultural topic.

These topic areas form the basis for A2 assessment:

Unit 3: Listening, reading and writing.
Unit 4: Speaking (discussion and conversation).

Future opportunities

Each year a number of students apply to read French and/or German at university, but Languages also feature on the short list of seven “traditional academic subjects” on advisory material for Oxbridge admission and in their words: The study of A level French and German is, therefore, to be recommended as a useful, and potentially lucrative, skill for later in life, but also as advantageous for those who wish to apply for some of the traditional academic courses at our top universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonard's Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years