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Modern Foreign Languages: French and German at Richard Hale School

Course description

Exam Body: OCR

What students can expect of the course

The AS MFL courses are designed to follow on from GCSE, and the first term of the course bridges the considerable gap between GCSE and AS level study. The added interest in the AS and A2 courses is that they are based on studying not only the language, but also the culture of the country. Whilst GCSE study of the Leisure topic might involve discussing or writing about your own leisure activities, at AS level it would involve learning about and researching the leisure, culture and arts of the country of study. Because of this, we hope to be able to offer a residential stay in the country of study, with total immersion in the language, as part of the course.

Course content

AS 1 30% (15%)

AS 2 70% (35%)

Speaking - 15 minutes

Role-play 5 to 6 minutes - students will have 20 minutes to study stimulus material in English and will then explain and discuss the material in the Foreign Language with the examiner, who will be one of the AS teachers.

Topic discussion 9 to 10 minutes - students will discuss in detail a topic that they have prepared during the course

Listening/Reading/Writing 1 - 2 hours 15 minutes

Listening and writing: 1 hour (55 marks)

Reading and writing: 1 hour 15 minutes (85 marks)

Students will respond to reading and listening texts with non verbal answers (true/false, gap fill etc), plus short written answers in both English and the FL. There is also one extended written answer in the FL

A2 1 15%

A2 2 35%

Speaking/Reading - 15 minutes

Discussion of article (5-6 mins) in FL that students have 20 minutes to prepare

Topic Conversation (10-12 mins) - similar to AS, an in depth discussion of a topic that the students have prepared

Listening/Reading/Writing - 2 hours 45 minutes

Similar to AS, reading and listening comprehension exercises. There is also some translation from the FL into English and an extended essay question, where students choose one title from a range, on topics they have studied over the year.

Entry requirements

GCSE French / German : grade B or better. Applicants should be aware that the grammar content of AS MFL is considerable and should have a firm grounding in the major tenses studied at GCSE.


Please see above for details.

Future opportunities

Knowledge of an MFL at A Level is a highly sought after skill, combining as it does the rigorous approach needed to master the grammar of the language with the knowledge and understanding of the culture of the country. Previous A Level students at Richard Hale have gone on to study individual languages at university, but have also combined their language with Business, Engineering, Law, Maths, European Studies and many other subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Hale School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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