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A Level Modern Foreign Languages at Wadebridge School

Course description

AS Level
At AS, all four skill areas are assessed, just like at GCSE, in 2 modules.  
Unit 1: 
Written paper (2hrs) - assessing  listening, reading and writing
Unit 2: 
Oral exam (15 mins + 20 mins prep.)
The AS forms 50% of the total A level.
The topic areas covered for AS are Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living / Lifestyle, Family / relationships

A2 Level
Unit 3: Written paper - assessing  listening, reading and writing (2hrs 30 mins)
Unit 4: Oral exam (15 mins + 20 mins prep.)
A2 topics are Environment, the Multicultural Society, Contemporary Social Issues

Entry requirements

Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria. In addition you would ideally have achieved at least a B at GCSE. Students with a C at GCSE who want to take their language learning further should talk to their teacher.  Students need to be enthusiastic and willing to participate within a small group.

Assessment

As well as class, individual and group work, using a variety of media and sources, you will be given plenty of contact with a foreign language assistant, who will give you lots of help, providing you with first-hand information about his or her own country and culture and the opportunity to speak the language with a young native speaker.  There is also, usually, the opportunity to visit a target-language country, to practice ‘in situ’.

Future opportunities

Speaking and understanding another language    enriches your life in many ways, personal and professional.  There are also very sound financial reasons to continue to develop your skills to a high level.  Some companies pay you more, just for having a language.  Some multinational companies, such as BMW and Siemens, have a policy of only employing people who speak at least two languages, even for positions which seem not to be language specific.  It was reported in the press that: “Language graduates in 2010 had one of the lowest unemployment rates of any subject: 4.3% for French, compared with 6% for Computing. There are careers centres reporting a three-fold increase in job vacancies that specify a preference for knowledge of a foreign language.”  In a poll of 500 recruiters, 2 in 5 recruiters said a second language gives a candidate the x-factor when applying for a job.

Further information

Independent Study Time:

A successful linguist will have an interest in the world around them and any time spent outside of lessons developing this interest will support their learning. Via TV or internet, you can watch  films and TV programmes,  listen to the radio and access newspapers. Browsing the internet also gives you access to all sorts of language-related sites including vocabulary and grammar games. This will help to develop understanding and provide a  broader knowledge.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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