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French / German / Spanish AS/A Level at Fitzharrys School

Course description

This subject is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade.  If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 onwards.  If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A leve grade.

Course content


Listening, Reading and translation into English

Writing: translation into target language; one essay on a set text or film

Speaking: discussion of 2 sub-themes based on a stimulus card for each theme

The AS covers the following topic areas: Current trends in aspects of Fr/Ger/Sp -speaking world


Listening, Reading, Translation into English and target language

Writing : translation into target language; one essay on a set text or film

Speaking : discussion of one sub-theme based on a stimulus card and a presentation and discussion of an individual research project

The A-Level course covers the following topic areas: Social issues and trends in aspects of Fr/Ger/Sp-speaking society.  Political and artistic cultures in the Fr/Ger/Sp-speaking world

Entry requirements

• Willingness to contribute to class discussions

• Task resilience • Self-challenging

• Independent learning and self-organisation

• An interest in the language and culture of the country

• A strong understanding of GCSE grammar


Exams in: Listening, Translation into English and target language

Paper 1 - 40% Listening, Reading, Translation

Paper 2 – 30% Writing

Paper 3 – 30% Speaking


Future opportunities

Language skills go beyond language learning and turn into a variety of skills transferable in other skills. Languages add a flair of uniqueness to your CV. Travel and Working both abroad and in Britain in companies such as BMW, Miele, Peugeot.

Further information

You will read articles from magazines and websites, listen to music, watch films, discuss important news items, share your opinions, read set texts and develop a thorough understanding of the language and how it works.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 September 2016
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