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Modern Languages A Level at Tytherington School

Course description

Following an AS/A2 course in Modern Languages enables you to:

- Enhance your job prospects both in the UK and abroad in the increasing internationalism of the 21st Century.
- Communicate effectively and for a variety of purposes in the worlds of work and leisure.
- Develop an awareness and understanding of the background of French, Spanish and German speaking countries.
- Appreciate other cultural groups and gain an awareness of international relationships, as well as our place in Europe.
- Complement your other studies by pursuing selected areas of interest in greater depth through the coursework option.
- Enjoy the challenge and intellectual stimulation of being able to communicate fluently in a foreign language.
- Participate in the school exchanges and/or work experience programmes.
- Work closely with native speakers.
- Participate in AS/A2 study days at university as well as other cultural events linked to the country of the target language.
Sue Lawley, Denis Healey, Kate Adie, Rory Bremner, Gillian Shepherd, Gary Lineker, to name but a few, are people who have achieved success in their chosen field aided by their study of languages.

Course content

The course aims to:
• Encourage maximum use of the foreign language.
• Offer the enjoyment, intellectual stimulation and challenge appropriate to an advanced course at this level.
• Foster an awareness and understanding of the cultural, social, commercial and political background of the countries in which the language is spoken.
• Develop in the candidates a range of practical skills which will enable them to understand and communicate in the written and spoken language.
• Be suitable for those who wish to pursue the subject at degree level and also those for whom the study of a language might provide a useful secondary skill or be an intellectual/personal reward in itself.
• Involve learning through a continuation of the four skills. In addition to the allocated lessons, students work in small groups and at times individually with a foreign language assistant to develop confidence and fluency in preparation for the oral examination. Students are also encouraged to gain maximum exposure to the foreign language through reading widely, both in newspapers/magazines and on the Internet, and also listening to French/German/ Spanish radio or watching satellite television.

At AS, the following broad subject areas are covered:

Aspects of Daily Life
Leisure and Entertainment
Communication and Media
Education and Media

At A2, the following broad subject areas are covered:
The Environment
Science and Technology

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs graded A*- C. The minimum entry requirement is a Grade B at GCSE in your chosen language achieved through taking the higher level tests in listening and reading, and performing to A/B grade in the controlled assessments in speaking and writing.


Students will take the following examinations:

- Oral examination role-play and discussion based on a topic of your choice.
- Mixed-skills examination (Listening, Reading, Writing)

A2 In addition, ‘A’ level students will do the following.
- Oral examination: Discussion of a text written in the target language followed by a discussion based on a topic of your choice.
- Mixed-skills examination (Listening, Reading, Writing). This will include an extended essay relating to an A2 topic.

Future opportunities

Due to the globalisation of the market place, more and more businesses work closely with companies in other countries. They need many different kinds of workers who can communicate in different languages and understand other cultures. Nations are dependent upon one another to supply goods and services, solve political disputes, and ensure international security.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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