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Modern Languages (French or Spanish) A Level at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

Do you want to open your mind to other cultures?

Do you want to improve your employment prospects by gaining a competitive edge in a global economy?

Would you like to work or study abroad in the future?

Course content

Year 1

Oral

You will learn to develop and defend a point of view in your chosen language. You will also practice a topic-based conversation to show your knowledge and understanding.

Listening, reading & translation

You will develop skills in Listening, Reading and Translating your chosen language. This will be assessed via a written exam split into three sections.

Critical Response in writing

You will be given the task of studying either one literary work or one film in your chosen language. This will be assessed via a written exam with one essay based question.

Year 2

Oral

You will conduct independent research to deliver a presentation and hold a discussion based on its content. You will also study themes and discuss one of these based on stimulus cards provided.

Listening, reading & translation

You will continue to develop skills in Listening, Reading and Translating your chosen language. This will be assessed via a written exam split into three sections.

Critical & Analytical Response in writing

You will study one literary work and either an additional literary work or a film in your chosen language and compose two essays based on each.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above with at least a grade 4 in English Language (Higher Paper) and at least a grade B in either French or Spanish.

Assessment

Your key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening will be assessed through a variety of means, including oral and written exams. There is no coursework content.

Future opportunities

You may choose to go on to study a language further at University. This is sought after in a variety of career sectors including finance, retail, banking, business, teaching and tourism. Companies value employees with language skills as the UK trades with over 200 countries worldwide, 60% of which are non-English-speaking. English may be the language of international business, but the ability to communicate in another language and to be aware of cultural differences is a tremendous asset. Your experience of travel and other cultures will benefit you personally as well as being attractive to future employers. 

Even if you do not choose to study a language in Higher Education, learning a language at A Level can develop a number of more general skills. Among these are communication skills, cultural knowledge and links with other subject areas. Foreign language study has been found to be associated with improvements in students’ creativity, self-concept, critical thinking abilities, memory, and listening skills. Mental flexibility is enhanced by the reasoning, problem-solving and analytical processes that are frequently used in learning a language.

Further information

Check our website for the most up-to-date course details.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birkenhead Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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