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Modern Languages (French, German and Spanish) AS and A Level at Park House School

Course description

French, German and Spanish
A big difference between GCSE and AS study is that we begin to study areas in more depth e.g.: Youth Concerns, The Media including Film Studies. It will be an asset to you for any University course whether the language is studied at degree level or whether you choose a language as an additional subject. It is also seen very positively by employers.

AS and A2 will help you to develop your existing language skills to a higher level of competence. You should want to spend some time in the country whose language you are studying, for example, taking part in an exchange or work experience and developing your interest in the wider issues affecting that country.

Course content

You will be able to read/understand and extract information from written passages in the target language taken from authentic sources, such as magazines and newspaper reports or books. 
You will be able to listen to and understand contemporary spoken language and answer questions on what you have heard. The passages will be taken from a range of sources such as news reports, interviews and discussions. 
Speaking and Writing
You will learn how to hold conversations and in A2 you will learn how to write essays and discuss in the target language. You will learn all
the appropriate grammar, words and phrases to help you:AS Course Summary


Entry requirements

  • Students should normally have achieved a minimum B grade at GCSE in the relevant language
  • You need to feel quite confident in each of the four language skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking
  • A willingness to work hard and with enthusiasm, to participate not only in lessons but in the extra activities which are often on offer, e.g., study days, work experience


AS Course Summary
Unit 1 30% of AS / 15% of A2
Spoken expression and response in the language to include responding to set questions and discussion.
Unit 2 70% of AS / 35% of A2
Understanding and written response in target language – to include listening and understanding, reading and understanding and a writing task. 
A2 Course Summary
Unit 3 35% of A2 / 17.5% of A Level
Understanding and spoken response in target language – five mins speaking on a chosen issue, adopting a stance and justifying opinions and a discussion.
Unit 4 65% of A2 / 32.5% of A Level
Research, understanding and written response in target language:- translation into target language, target language essay and research-based essay.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Park House School directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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