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French and German AS/A-Level at Ravens Wood School

Course description

In recent years, large numbers of young people have opted to spend some of their time living and working abroad, and the requirements of the modern world are making this more and more common. By the end of a successful course, you will not only have acquired sufficient linguistic competence and fluency to operate effectively both in a working and social environment but also have gained qualifications in a subject area which is held in high regard by institutions of higher education.

Course content

Students of both French and German are asked to work from several language websites. These contain texts on a wide range of issues including current affairs, sport, cinema and music. They also contain practice exercises and comprehension activities which students are expected to work through in order to acquire language independently and enrich their vocabulary. Every student will have one extra session a week with a foreign language assistant to develop their fluency. We strongly encourage students to take part in a visit to France or Germany, for work experience or on an exchange organised by the department.

Entry requirements

B or above in the relevant language (B grade based on candidate) and B in English Language and Literature.

The gap between GCSE and A level is significant. While students should not be deterred by this, it is wise to speak to your subject teacher early on in Year 11 to evaluate your suitability for A level.


Year 12

  • Oral: Examiner led discussion followed by discussion of topics – 15 minutes in total 20%.
  • Listening, reading and writing 2 ½ hours 30%.

Year 13

  • Oral: Structured discussion followed by Expose-15 minutes in total 20%.
  • Listening, reading and writing 3 hours 30%.

Future opportunities

With sound qualifications in languages you will find a distinct advantage in the job market. Consequently an A level language course is effective in any number of combinations with other subjects. A recent survey of employers in the UK puts French and German in the lead as the two most sought after languages in the workplace. Furthermore, the survey indicates that the UK still has a skills shortage in this respect.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

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