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AS/A2 Modern Foreign Languages (French, German or Spanish) at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

The course has been designed to give students a profound understanding of their chosen language.

They will learn more about the language, vocabulary and grammar, and also how people live and use language on a daily basis in many countries throughout the world.

Areas of study Students will work on 4 topics in the first year. These are Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living and Family/Relationships.

These build on what has been studied at GCSE and cover a wide range of engaging issues.

The common thread is discovering how people speak at a personal level and what their individual views are on these everyday topics. In the second year students have another 4 topics:

Environment, the Multicultural Society,

Contemporary Social Issues plus a choice of 2 from 5 cultural topics involving in-depth independent reading and research.

How will I be assessed ?

In the first year assessment is in 2 parts. There is a 2 hour exam which includes listening, reading and writing.

This accounts for 70% of the marks for the year. Then there is a 15 minute speaking test. This accounts for 30% of the marks for the year.

The second year is very similar. The listening, reading and writing exam lasts for 2.5 hours and accounts for 70% of the marks for the year.

Then, as in the first year, the speaking test lasts 15 minutes and accounts for 30% of the marks for the year.

Who should do this course ?

You should be capable of showing enthusiasm, initiative and determination.

How is the course delivered ?

Teaching is usually divided between two members of staff with the course content fully integrated.

The greater depth of work compared with GCSE requires students to show a high degree of self motivation in their studies.

Independent learning is very important throughout the course.

What equipment will I need ?

Textbooks and online resources are provided and there are foreign language books and magazines with authentic materials in the Post-16 library.

Students should provide their own folders and stationery.

What next ?

Gaining an A or AS level in Modern Foreign Languages can lead directly to work or a range of different courses in further and higher education.

For those who want to specialise in language there are the options of, amongst others, teaching, translation or interpreting.

Combining a Language with a different course Sciences, Law, Maths, Arts etc will broaden your career prospects. Most people now work in global businesses and institutions where linguists are highly sought after in all fields. This is clearly reflected in the high employment rates for Language graduates.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take AS and A2 Modern Foreign Languages should have five GCSE A* – C grades, with at least a Grade B at GCSE in the chosen language: French, German or Spanish.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 years