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Modern Foreign Languages A Level (French,Spanish and Turkish) at Oasis Academy Shirley Park

Course description

You may think that languages aren’t really relevant to today's modern world; everyone speaks English, right? Wrong. Languages are all around us; they are used in so many situations whether at work, on holiday or just casually in day-to-day life - we live in a multilingual global society. Choosing an A-level language is a really smart move if you want a fascinating subject that offers you a range of career possibilities at the end and are a lot of fun along the way. Alevel language courses are interesting and varied subjects to study and give you a broad range of knowledge and skills. Learning a language is a never-ending process; languages are constantly changing, bringing in new words and getting rid of old ones. This is one of the great things about learning languages; you’re always up to speed with the world! You may just want to turn your back on languages after doing them for two years at GCSE, but don’t! The skills and qualifications that you gain from studying a language at A-level are incredibly important tools to have under your belt.

Course content

A-level languages build upon your existing knowledge gained at GCSE, giving you a sound understanding of using your language in a variety of contexts and situations - at home, abroad, with friends or in the workplace. The emphasis of the A-level language course focuses on improving communication in your foreign language through different means as well as being able to use it in a variety of situations, developing your key skills areas and most importantly to encourage you to fall in love with learning languages. The A-level modern language course is structured so that you’ll study four modules each year which will form the basis of the reading, writing and listening exams and also the speaking test. You may even get to do a spot of translating during the course, depending upon your exam board. There is no coursework for this A-level, but this isn't a bad thing as you'll gain all the skills and knowledge you need to ace the exams over the two years of study. With around five hours of class time a week dedicated to learning your language this is a fast pace environment with noticeable improvements. You’ll have to do exams in both years of study but you have the option to resit the AS (first year) exams. The topics that you’ll cover are really varied so you not only greatly improve your language speaking ability, use of grammar, different tenses, and know tones more vocabulary - but you’ll also learn about culture, history, literature, society, the environment and lifestyle.

Entry requirements

To be able to do a language at A-level, you need to aim for at least a grade B at GCSE, although entry requirements differ between colleges.

Future opportunities

Languages are an invaluable skill to have. Having a language can increase your salary from 8 to 20% and gives you a head start on other potential employees as by speaking another language you’re vital to any company who does international business (and there’s a lot of them). Plus, a language is also a pre-requisite for lots of university courses so it’s something to consider if you’re thinking about university in the future. Languages are the key to the new, exciting multinational world we live in; so don’t miss out.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oasis Academy Shirley Park directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2017
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