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French, German, Spanish A Level at Cowley International College

Course description

Learning a language is a long term investment – an asset to
adult life. English is a global language, but in fact, only about
6% of the world’s population are native English speakers and
an estimated 75% do not speak English at all. A recent CBI
survey found that 72% of UK firms say that employees that
speak another language benefit their business.

Course content

Travel, so the saying goes, broadens the mind, and never more
so when you can speak the language. The courses offered at
Cowley Sixth Form are designed to give students a profound
understanding of their chosen language. Not only will
students know more about the mechanics of the language –
like grammar and vocabulary – but also how people live and
use the language on a day-to-day basis, embedded in their

From September 2016, the new linear examination
(currently in draft form) will enable students to study
technological and social change, looking at diversity and the
benefits it brings. Students will study highlights of the target
language country’s artistic culture, including music and
cinema, and learn about political engagement. Students also
explore the influence of the past on present-day target
language communities.

Throughout their studies, students learn the language in the
context of the target language country and the issues and
influences which have shaped them. Students will study texts
and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent
research on an area of their choice. Assessment tasks will be
varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are at B grade for GCSE, having completed papers at Higher Level.

Future opportunities

Apart from being beneficial on a personal level, a
qualification in Modern Languages at this level opens the way
to many different progression routes. For those who want to
specialise in language, there is teaching, translating or
diplomatic work. Maybe your language is a skill that will
significantly enhance a career in law, banking, finance or the
commercial sector. The travel and tourism industry seems a
natural choice for linguists, but even for an engineer, designer
or health professional, being proficient in another language
will offer much broader career options.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowley International College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2017

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