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Modern Languages - French, German, Russian, Spanish AS/A level (New Linear A level) at Heaton Manor School

Course description

If you are interested in languages and communication and you enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life, then a course in French, German, Russian or Spanish could be suitable for you. Similarly if you are interested in the business world, in travel or tourism, in literature, in the media or in science, you are also likely to find the course appropriate.

Course content

The course places great emphasis on active language use, by developing speaking and writing skills, as well as furthering your understanding of spoken and written language. All language is learnt and practised within the context of topics from contemporary life. In addition you will develop research skills within a cultural topic of relevance to the languages studied. The language courses will continue to provide you with proficiency in French, German, Russian or Spanish, but will also develop other skills such as an ability to work with others, communication and listening skills and an ability to analyse. You will also be given the opportunity to spend some time abroad if you wish. 

 
You will need to feel confident in the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, as well as having some understanding of the culture and way of life of French, German, Russian or Spanish speaking countries. We would expect you to be prepared to study independently and to spend time over and above that allocated to lessons and homework to improve your language skills.
 

Course Specifications - Edexcel French

The topic areas studied are as follows:

AS

• Youth culture and concerns

• Lifestyle, health and fitness

• The world around us, travel, tourism, environmental issues and the French speaking world

• Education and employment

A2

• All AS topic areas

• Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions

• National and international events: past, present and future

• Literature and the arts

 

Course Specifications – AQA German

The topic areas studied are as follows:

AS

• Social issues and trends

• Aspects of German society (modern and traditional values, cyberspace and equal rights)

• Artistic culture (modern day idols, regional identity in Germany and cultural heritage)

A2

• All AS topic areas

• Multiculturalism in German society (immigration, integration and racism)

• Aspects of political life in the German world (today’s

youth, monarchies, republics and dictatorships, popular movements)

 

Course Specifications - Edexcel Russian

The topic areas studied are as follows:

AS

• Youth culture and concerns

• Lifestyle, health and fitness

• The world around us, travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Russian speaking world

• Education and employment

A2

• All AS topic areas

• Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions

• National and international events: past, present and future

• Literature and the arts

 

Course Specifications – AQA Spanish

The topic areas studied are as follows:

AS

• Social issues and trends

• Aspects of Hispanic society (modern and traditional values, cyberspace and equal rights)

• Artistic culture (modern day idols, regional identity in Spain and cultural heritage)

A2

• All AS topic areas

• Multiculturalism in Spanish society (immigration, integration and racism)

• Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world (today’s youth, monarchies, republics and dictatorships, popular movements)

 

Entry requirements

A minimum of four B grades at GCSE and a grade B in the language you wish to study, including at least a grade B in all 4 GCSE skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing) would indicate a good base from which to study a language in Sixth Form.

Assessment

Style of assessment: French

AS Unit 1: Spoken Expression and Response 30% of AS

AS Unit 2: Understanding and Written Response 70% of AS

A2 Unit 1: Understanding and Spoken Response 35% of A2

A2 Unit 2: Research, understanding and written response 65% of A2

 

Style of assessment: German

AS Paper 1 (listening, reading and writing) - 40% of AS Level

AS Paper 2 (writing) – 30% of AS Level

AS Paper 3 (speaking) – 30% of AS Level

A2 Paper 1 (listening, reading and writing) – 40% of A Level

A2 Paper 2 (Writing) – 30% of A Level

A2 Paper 3 (speaking) – 30% of A Level

 

Style of assessment: Russian

AS Unit 1: Spoken Expression and Response 30% of AS

AS Unit 2: Understanding and Written Response 70% of AS

A2 Unit 1: Understanding and Spoken Response 35% of A2

A2 Unit 2: Research, understanding and written response 65% of A2

 

Style of assessment: Spanish

AS Paper 1 (listening, reading and writing) - 40% of AS Level

AS Paper 2 (writing) – 30% of AS Level

AS Paper 3 (speaking) – 30% of AS Level

A2 Paper 1 (listening, reading and writing) – 40% of A Level

A2 Paper 2 (Writing) – 30% of A Level

A2 Paper 3 (speaking) – 30% of A Level

Future opportunities

When you finish the course, you will find languages useful in many spheres of life. You can continue to study French, German, Russian or Spanish, perhaps in conjunction with another subject. There are many combinations, for example French, German, Russian or Spanish with Business Studies, Law, Chemistry, Tourism or, of course, a purely language based course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 July 2016

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