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Modern Foreign Languages(French/German) A and AS Level at The Heathland School

Course description

The subject provides opportunities to develop language skills and general knowledge through student focused assessment. With an element of personal choice and a wide range of appealing content and opportunities, the course allows students to gain a greater understanding of another culture. Grammar is studied alongside the various themes. Studying a language helps students to become well-informed and effective communicators.

Course content


Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

  • The changing nature of family
  • The 'cyber-society'
  • The place of voluntary work

Artistic culture in the French-speaking world

  •  A culture proud of its heritage
  • Contemporary francophone music
  • Cinema: the 7th art form

Aspects of German-speaking society

  • The changing state of the family
  • The digital world
  • Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television

Artistic culture in the German-speaking world

  • Festivals and traditions
  • Art and architecture
  • Cultural life in Berlin, past and present


Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

  • Positive features of a diverse society
  • Life for the marginalised
  • How criminals are treated

Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world

  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
  • Politics and immigration

Multiculturalism in German-speaking society

  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism

Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world

  • Germany and the European Union
  • Politics and youth
  • German re-unification and its consequences

A literary work
An individual research project

Entry requirements

Students must attain at least 5 A*-C grades including English Language and Mathematics and a total point score of  42+ in the student’s best 8 subjects.

Future opportunities

Languages are recognised as being intellectually challenging, and both universities and employers look more favourably at potential candidates who have a language. European languages are the key to European communication and you can combine a language with any other field of study at university, allowing you to study abroad as part of your degree. If you continue to study a language you will have the opportunity to follow some of the most prestigious international business courses universities have to offer. Here are just a few possible career fields: International sales and marketing, Investment banking, Law, Education, Government / European Parliament, Journalism, Travel and Tourism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Heathland School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Years