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A Level Modern Foreign Languages (French and German) at Swakeleys School for Girls

Course description

The duration of the course is either one year to gain an AS award or two years for the full A level qualification. Under exceptional circumstances it may be possible to do a full A level in one year (e.g. if you have lived in the country).

Course content

Students will need to feel confident in the four language skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking. Knowledge and understanding of the culture and way of life in the target language country is also important, alongside an interest in developing and understanding this in much greater detail.

Entry requirements

All students will need to obtain an A*-B grade at GCSE in their chosen language in order to continue with this subject at Sixth Form level, or have the language as part of their culture.


Unit 1 – Spoken expression and response
15% of total A level mark
8-10 minute Oral examination

Unit 2 – Understanding written response
35% of total A level mark
Written examination 2hr 30

Unit 3 – Understanding spoken response
17.5% of total A level mark
11-13 minute Oral examination

Unit 4 – Research, understanding and written response
32.5% of total A level mark
Written examination 2hr 30

Future opportunities

A range of opportunities arise from studying this A level. Some students choose to do degree courses in languages, others pursue a higher education course in another subject, and may have a language option with it. It greatly improves your employability, especially in companies with international markets.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 June 2015

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