A Level Modern Languages at St Mary's RC High School
The A level syllabus develops the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as introducing
students to the literature of the country.
The course is topic based with topics covered ranging from holidays, pollution and natural disasters to
nuclear energy, and many more.
Students work with the Language Assistants once a week to develop oral skills and they have access to
specific software, the Internet and satellite TV. They also have texts to listen to at home or at school.
The Exchanges offer a marvellous opportunity to spend ten days or so abroad to develop the language.
More and more of our students are applying for university courses where a language is a part of a dual
degree, a subsidiary subject or is taken as a module. A language qualification at A level gives applicants
an edge at job interviews especially with more companies working closer within Europe.20
The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing encountered at GCSE are developed further at
A level by means of a topic based approach. Topics covered include the environment, the family,
nuclear energy, the Third World, crime and many more. The writing involves translation into and from
English, comprehension of texts and essays. In addition literature is introduced with up to two texts
being studied during the course.
Students need to have achieved a grade B or above at GCSE in the appropriate language.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's RC High School directly.