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Modern Foreign Languages French and Spanish A Level at Liverpool College

Course description

The AS course for both languages covers 2 topic areas:
- Leisure and Lifestyles, including travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living – health and nutrition, diet and exercise; unhealthy living - drugs, aids, smoking, alcohol, etc
- The Individual and Society, including relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture (values, peer groups, fashions and trends etc.), education, vocational training and future careers.

The A2 course for both languages also covers 2 topic areas:
- Environmental Issues, including technology, pollution, global warming, transport, energy, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling, sustainability etc
- Social and Political Issues, including the role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integration, terrorism, world of work (employment, commerce, globalization, etc.)


External examiner
15 minutes
40% of AS marks

Listening, Reading,
Writing Written
2½ hours
60% of AS marks

External examiner
20 minutes
40% of A2 marks

Listening, Reading, Writing
3 hours
60% of A2 marks

Future opportunities

French is the second most commonly-taught second language in the world (after English), with 77 million first language speakers and 51 million second language speakers. It is the official language in 33 countries and, other than English, is the only language spoken as a native language in all 5 continents. French is one of the official working languages in dozens of international organizations, including: NATO, UN, Amnesty International and the Red Cross. Given the widespread usage and importance of French throughout the world the opportunities for those who study it are enormous.

Spanish is the second most natively spoken language in the world and is spoken by over 500 million people. It is the first language of most Latin American countries, is the second most popular language in Europe and is fast becoming the first language of the United States. Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is used as an official language by the European Union and Mercosur. Spanish is the third most commonly used language on the Internet after English and Mandarin. It is also one of the few languages in the world which is phonetic, making it easier to spell and pronounce.

Those with an A-level French or Spanish qualification enhance their employment prospects, as more and more companies are now looking for a workforce which can communicate with partners in Europe and beyond. Pupils who do not envisage using the language(s) as an integral part of their career also benefit from the course as they experience the enjoyment and motivation of improving their linguistic level and find foreign travel easier.

As well being available for study as a single or double honours degree, French and Spanish can also be combined with practically any other subject (Economics, Business Studies, Law, History, Music, Science-based courses to name a few) in numerous Higher Education courses. Many institutions also offer the possibility of study or work experience in a French/Spanish speaking community.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 June 2015

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