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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?


Is French or Spanish for you?
  • You want to experience French or Spanish culture and improve your communication skills on organised trips abroad.
  • You wish to gain a deeper understanding of foreign culture by studying foreign films and literature.
  • You are self-motivated and keen to take advantage of all the opportunities available to learn more.
  • You are keen to develop all the skills essential to learning a foreign language – speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Course content

AS Year


You will talk about your interests, studies and future plans in your chosen language. You will also practice a topic-based conversation to show your knowledge and understanding.

Listening, Reading and Writing

You will respond to a variety of authentic recordings of interviews and conversation. You will study texts from magazines, adverts and newspapers and produce an essay


A2 Year


You will discuss a short text linked to a topic and answer related questions. You will also give a presentation on a topic of your choice (e.g. film, book or region) and discuss it.

Listening, Reading and Writing

You will answer questions on several items of live recorded material, write an essay on a topic of your choice (which may include a film or book), respond to a text from a magazine or newspaper and translate a short passage.

All the Modern Foreign Language tutors and Language Assistants in College are native speakers of their subject. You will be able to take advantage of weekly additional speaking sessions with our teachers who will target their support to your individual needs.

You will have access to excellent facilities while you study including on-line access to foreign news and documentaries and free access to the College’s excellent foreign film and newspaper collection in The Hub.

Entry requirements

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


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.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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