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Modern Foreign Languages A Level at Trinity School

Course description

Studying a Modern Language gives you the tools to share your views in a responsive and fun environment and allows you to explore diverse and interesting subject matter including music, film and technology to gain a greater understanding of contemporary culture abroad. With the assurance of skilled, friendly teachers you will be able to communicate effectively and acquire an interest in another country.

Course content

The A Level course will have four main elements:
1. Aspects of the target language-speaking society: current trends
2. Artistic Culture in the target language-speaking world
3. Grammar
4. A choice of literary texts and films
The course is linear and students will sit three exams.

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation
What’s assessed
- Aspects of current trends in the target language-speaking society.
- Aspects of current issues in the target language-speaking society.
- Artistic culture in the target language-speaking world
- Aspects of political life in the target language-speaking world
- Grammar

How it’s assessed
- Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes,
- 100 marks in total
- 50% of A-level

Paper 2: Writing
What’s assessed
- One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
- Grammar

How it’s assessed
- Written exam: 2 hours
- 80 marks in total
- 20% of A-level

Paper 3: Speaking
What’s assessed
- Individual research project
- One of four sub-themes.

How it’s assessed
- Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
- 60 marks in total
- 30% of A-level

Future opportunities

Studying a Language at A Level prepares you for the critical and imaginative aspects of a degree or career. Many universities seek the skills you show with a qualification in a Modern Language, while Language graduates are particularly sought after by employers, therefore studying an A Level in a Language helps you to contend in today’s competitive job market.

Jobs in fields such as journalism, the media, business, international relations and travel recognise the level of achievement in learning a Language, and of course, opportunities to work abroad are abundant!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 September 2017

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