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Modern Foreign Languages (French/German) at The Bishop's Stortford High School

Course description

Examination Board: EDEXCEL.

The Languages department offers French and German for examination at AS and A2. The AS will revise and develop work covered at GCSE, while A2 will prepare students for further study at university and beyond.

What makes a good Linguist?

The basic criterion is a good grade at GCSE. The language that you will be reading and hearing at AS is significantly more difficult than at GCSE, so it is essential that you have a solid base from which to work. The second criterion is enthusiasm. To be a really successful linguist, you have to go beyond the work that you will do in class, and make every effort to hear and see as much of your chosen language as you can. Luckily, there are lots of ways in which you can do this.

The school runs exchange programmes for students in Year 12, so you will have the opportunity to spend some time in France or in Germany. You will have a regular individual lesson with the French or German assistant, and there are also lots of resources available on the Internet which you will be able to use in your own time.

The third criterion is a capacity for hard work. You will need to be prepared to spend time at home learning vocabulary, practising grammar, preparing oral presentations, and writing essays.

What can I expect to learn in Languages?

By the end of the two-year course, you should be able to understand native speakers of your language speaking at their normal speed. You should also be able to express your views on a wide range of important topics, and to deal with all ordinary activities. You will be up to date with the news in Germany or France, and you will know quite a lot about the culture. In particular, you will have spent quite a long time studying a French or German film.

Course content

The AS examination consists of two modules:

(1) Speaking and,

(2) Listening, Reading and Writing.

The A2 examination consists of two further modules:

(3) Speaking (Higher level) and,

(4) Writing.

The course covers a variety of topics, such as fashion, sport, health, the environment, and many more. Lessons will normally be taught in French or German, so that students quickly become confident in speaking and listening.

Entry requirements

B grade or above in GCSE French or German.


Examinations: 100%, June.

Coursework: None.

Future opportunities

The rewards for all your hard work are very great. There are few more satisfying experiences than being able to travel to a foreign country and communicate naturally and easily with the people there. Languages open up the world, and as a linguist, you will find that your experiences of foreign travel, and your job opportunities, are immeasurably enhanced.

If you wish to go to university, you will find that, in addition to degrees in languages, there are opportunities to combine languages with almost every other subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop's Stortford High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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