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Languages - French, Spanish at Ringwood School Academy

Course description

You may think that languages aren’t really relevant to today's modern world; everyone speaks English, right?  Wrong. Languages are all around us; they are used in so many situations whether at work, on holiday or just casually in day-to-day life - we live in a multilingual global society.

Choosing an A-level language is a really smart move if you want a fascinating subject that offers you a range of career possibilities at the end and is a lot of fun along the way. A level language courses are interesting and varied subjects to study and give you a broad range of knowledge and skills which arehighly regarded by universities and employers alike.

Course content

The aim of the A-level modern language course is to help you to

  • develop an interest in speaking a foreign language
  • appreciate the nature and diversity of different cultures and people
  • acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and employment.

The topics that you will cover are really varied so you not only greatly improve your language speaking ability, use of grammar, different tenses, and know a great deal more vocabulary - but you also learn about a whole range of cultural topics and contemporary social issues.

In addition to this, you will study a book and a film.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Bs and 3 Cs (or equivalent) at GCSE including GCSE grade B or above (or equivalent) in the respective language.


You will be assessed in all four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

Speaking will be assessed in an oral exam lasting 12-15 minutes (with 15 minutes preparation time)

Listening, reading and translation (into English) will be assessed on one paper.

Your writing will be assessed on another paper in the form of a short translation (into French/Spanish and an essay on either the book or film.

Financial information

Students may like to purchase a grammar book and dictionary suited to the needs of Alevel study (maximum £30)

Future opportunities

An A-level language complements a whole variety of subjects.

You may need languages for all sorts of career destinations - doctors, psychologists and physiotherapists need language skills to communicate effectively with patients whether they work in the UK or overseas

Businessmen, bankers and entrepreneurs all need language skills to make deals and sell products on the global  market.

Politicians, historians, geographers and holiday reps all need language skills to get to know the people and area that they are passionate about.

Many universities offer a language with other subjects, recognising its value to various fields.

Further information

You can expect a period of residence in the country of study, as part of an organised

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 March 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years