French at The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe
French, German and Spanish are taught in the Sixth Form to AS and A2 Level. You should have reached a Grade A standard at GCSE to be accepted on the AS course. Whether you wish to study one or two languages you can choose additional subjects from a wide range of Arts and/or Science subjects. If you wish to study two languages, the combination of subjects will be French with German or Spanish.
You are particularly advised not to consider a language as an easy option. A considerable amount of general reading and listening is vital and in any case, learning a language always entails hard work, much of which will be left to your own initiative, e.g. reading and listening to authentic items on the Internet and VLE.
The AS and A2 Course in French, German and Spanish
As in GCSE, the basic activities of speaking, listening, reading and writing continue and equal importance is attached to them all. In the first year (AS Level) the emphasis is on language. There is no literature content although you are expected to read press and internet articles. At A2 a range of topics are studied from modern novels, regions or films. There is considerable use of the language in the classroom both in discussions and in listening practice. One period per week is set aside for oral work with the Foreign Language Assistant and you are strongly advised to go abroad on work experience, an exchange or study visit.
The whole point of AS/A2 language studies is to encourage active interest and involvement in the language and life of a culture different to our own and to add an extra dimension to our experience which will bring enrichment and a deeper understanding of the world in which we live. The School Library has a large range of resources - DVDs, periodicals, magazines - which students should borrow to improve their language skills.
Grade A in the subject you would like to study
Examination Board: AQA
All kinds of courses are available at universities for the study of languages. They can be studied in combinations with a wide variety of other subjects (such as Archaeology, Drama, Psychology, Mathematics, Engineering to name but a few) or on their own. For students not proceeding to university, an AS/A Level qualification in Modern Languages is a valuable asset, in view of Britain’s membership of the EU. More than 70% of trade in Europe is conducted in a language other than English, and businesses are increasingly aware of the need to deal with other countries in Europe and beyond in their own languages.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe directly.