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Languages (French, German and Spanish) A Level at The Hayfield School

Course description

‘A’ Level languages build on and extend the vocabulary and grammar you already know and give you the opportunity to discuss cultural and up-to-date issues in the foreign language of your choice.

If you decide to take a foreign language to ‘A’ Level, you are giving yourself many opportunities for the future, as good foreign language skills are in short supply.

French, German and Spanish are on offer at ‘A’ Level and you can just continue with one or choose to do more.

There are currently trips to Paris, Berlin and Madrid to give you the opportunity to practise the language and soak up the culture of these amazing cities.

Course content

There are four main topics which are divided into three sub topics.

These include social issues and trends as well as artistic culture and political life in the French / German / Spanish speaking world. Grammar will underpin each of the topics.

Along with topics you will study literary texts and films. Either one text and one film or two texts.

AS course and the first year of the A Level course are fully co-teachable and therefore give you flexibility when you are choosing subjects.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in French; German or Spanish

Assessment

  • Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing 2 hours 30 minutes – 40% of A Level. There will be translations into English and French as well as openended tasks that require you to express and justify opinions. You will also be tested on your understanding and application of grammar and higher level structures.
  • Paper 2: Writing – 2 hours – 30% of A Level. There will be two essay questions to answer from a choice of questions on books and / or films we have studied.
  • Paper 3: Approximately 20 minutes – 30% of A Level. There will be a discussion based on a stimulus card and a presentation and discussion on your individual research project.

Future opportunities

The world is your oyster! Most degree courses allow you to study a language alongside them, so whatever you are interested in, you can also study a language. Wherever you want to live, whatever job you want to do, having a language to a good level will set you apart from the competition and boost your chances.

Having a qualification in a language will mean you are versatile and therefore an asset to any employer. Translating, interpreting, teaching and the travel industry obviously require linguists, but so too do many other areas of employment – financial services, accountancy, marketing, engineering, IT, law and journalism for example.

If you are not planning to study languages at university, having learnt one or more languages to an advanced level gives you the opportunity to use your language skills and understanding of the culture of the country to make your holidays more enriching and enjoyable.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 June 2016
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