FRENCH, GERMAN AND SPANISH
Qualification:               GCE AS and A2 level
Specification:               AQA
Course Co-ordinators:        Miss S. Lee
                             Mr S. Nuttall

Course Requirements
You require a GCSE grade B or higher in the language that you intend to study with
at least four other GCSEs grades at C or above.

Studying a Modern Foreign Languages at AS and A2 level is stimulating and exciting
both in and outside of the classroom. As well as accessing the Key Stage 5 MFL
curriculum, students are given the opportunity to:

-      Receive one-to-one support with their speaking skills in timetabled sessions with
       the Foreign Language Assistant, a native speaker from the relevant country.
-      Take advantage of a personal student log-in to access the vast range of target
       language materials and activities available within the AQA online learning space.
-      Make use of the satellite television and internet facilities to access authentic
       target language materials in the designated Sixth Form self-study area (Satellite
       Room) within the MFL Dept.
-      Enhance language learning and cultural awareness by joining a Sixth Form visit
       to Paris/Berlin/Madrid.

You may access further information about studying MFL in the Sixth Form by attending a
taster lesson in the summer term.

Course Content

AS topics are:
                        Media: TV, Advertising, Communication Technology
                        Culture: Cinema, Music, Fashion
                        Healthy living: Sport & Fitness, Health & Wellbeing, Holidays
                        Relationships: Family, Friends, Marriage & Partnerships

A2 topics are:
                        Environment: Pollution, Energy, Taking Action
                        Foreign Citizens: Immigration, Integration, Racism
                        Social Issues: Wealth & Poverty, Law & Order, Science &
                        Study of two of the following aspects of the target culture:
                         Region, History, Author, Dramatist, Artist

In addition, an in-depth focus on grammatical rules and structures is an integral
component of the course at both AS and A2 level.

Assessment comprises:

                   1. Speaking Exam (all speaking tests are conducted by the
                      candidate’s own teacher and assessed by an external examiner).
                   2. Listening, Reading and Writing Exam (these three skills are
                      assessed one exam paper)

The specifications for AS and A2 provide opportunities for practice of the Key Skills of
Communication, Working with Others and Improving Own Learning and Performance,
and both the practice and assessment of the Key Skills of Information Technology.

Foreign Language Assistants

Each year, the MFL Dept hosts three Foreign Language Assistants. Sixth Form students
studying a language have a scheduled weekly time-slot (approx. 45 minutes) in which
they meet with their assistant on a one-to-one basis in order to develop fluency and
accuracy in their spoken language.

Additional Costs

Students are asked to buy a dictionary and book of verb tables for use throughout the
course. The cost of any extra-curricular visits or enrichment activities is met by a
voluntary contribution to be paid by the student or his/her parent(s)/guardian(s).

Pre-course Requirements

Students should try to access as much material in the target language as possible
before the beginning of the course. They can obtain self-study material from the MFL
Department as well using the internet to keep abreast of current affairs in the target
language country.

Career Prospects

The following are just some of the many professions into which new language graduates
may enter:

Business services, m                         banking/finance, wholesale/retail sales,
transport/communications, community/social/personal services, public administration,
education, health/social work, hotels and restaurants, international organisations.
                                                            (Source: University of Bangor)

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