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Foreign Languages: French/German/Spanish A Level at Treviglas Community College

Course description

 

Preparation and learning of topics for Spoken Assessment and the Writing section of the final exam.

To ensure appropriate progress is being made in the subject, student passports will need to be signed off in the interim period.

GCE French/German/Spanish aims to:

  • develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, other cultures and languages.
  • help students develop highly effective communication skills, including the ability to structure written and spoken arguments and presentations.
  • develop an understanding of a range of concepts and the ability to use them in a variety of different contexts
  •  help students to reflect on their own culture/heritage and contrast this with the target country.
  • develop in students the skills, qualities and attitudes which will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.

 

 

Course content

The course content is divided into different themes, all focusing on various aspects of society which are broken down into different units.

AS and A-level qualifications will appeal to students looking to broaden their existing knowledge of languages, bringing out their best and helping them on their journey to further studies and the world of work.

Both AS and A-level qualifications are fully co-teachable.

AS

Subject content

Core content

  • 1. Social issues and trends
  • 2. Artistic culture
  • 3. Grammar

Options

  • 4. Works: Literary texts and films

A2

Subject content

Core content

  • 1. Social issues and trends
  • 2. Political and artistic culture
  • 3. Grammar

Options

  • 4. Works: Literary texts and films

Entry requirements

GCSE grade A*/A/B in the language you wish to study or be fairly fluent in the language.

Assessment

AS Level Assessments

Although the description below refers to French, the content is the same for Spanish and German.

PAPER 1: LISTENING, READING AND WRITING

What’s assessed

  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Grammar

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of AS

PAPER 2: WRITING

What’s assessed

  • One text or one film from the lists in the specification
  • Grammar

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of AS

A Level Assessments

PAPER 1: LISTENING, READING AND WRITING

What’s assessed

  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
  • Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  • Grammar

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 160 marks in total
  • 40% 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
  • 90 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

PAPER 3: SPEAKING

What’s assessed

  • Individual research project
  • One of four sub themes ie Aspects of French-speaking society:current trends, Aspects of French speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French speaking world.

 

How its assessed 

 

  • Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

Future opportunities

A GCE Language qualification will enhance your employment prospects, facilitate foreign travel and you will experience the enjoyment and motivation of improving your linguistic level.  Almost all jobs in global enterprises will require foreign language skills.  At university you could go on to study this subject on its own at degree level or as part of your degree eg. Medicine and French, Law and German, Business and Spanish.

Your A-level language demonstrates that you have have extremely effective communication skills, that you are able to analyse and understand a wide variety of different concepts and that you are able to construct an argument and present this, in both written and spoken form. Language graduates are some of the most employable people in the world. Remember 75% of the world’s population do not speak English!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Treviglas Community College directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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