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Title: MFL - French/Spanish

Type: A Level

Entry Requirements:Minimum of a 6 at GCSE in the language that you would like to study

Course Length: 2 Years

Curriculum Outline: Key Stage 5


Why study French or Spanish at A2?

Linguistic competence is increasingly valued, both in higher education and in the job market, where there are fewer unemployed language graduates and quite often higher paid ones compared to some other disciplines! In the future, as you compete for jobs on a European or global level, your knowledge of another language and culture will really make you more employable. Students who have studied language at A Level go on to have careers in a variety of sectors including business and marketing, travel and tourism, law, journalism, fashion, the civil service, work in the foreign office or secret service, interpreting or translating, banking and education.

What will I learn?

You will learn to communicate and debate views about current affairs, politics, and socio-economic issues in the medium of your chosen language. Also, you will learn much about culture and the arts in the French or Spanish speaking regions of the world. In Year 13, you will also conduct your own research on an element that interests you!

How will I be taught?

Languages are taught interactively so you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills through a wide variety of different mediums such as video, TV, Internet research and music. As well as topic-based lessons, you will have the opportunity to perfect the mechanics of the language and improve your production skills. You will do this in five one-hour lessons and support lessons.

How will I be assessed?

Internally you will have class assessments per unit and regular speaking practice. Externally at the end of the course you will have three papers with the AQA examination board:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing
External written examination
50% of total mark

Paper 2: Writing on key aspects of a play or novel and a film
External written examination
20% of total mark

Paper 3: Speaking
Oral examination: this includes a short debate and discussion on an individual research project of your choice.
30% of total mark

You will enjoy this course if...

  • You love the language, the culture, meeting new people and you like a good debate.
  • You are curious and see a language as an exciting addition to your studies.
  • You want a career that can help you go places.
  • You want to stand out from the crowd.

What Students Say:

"Choosing a language at A Level was one of the best decisions I have ever made! Learning about the culture and history of a country really expanded my knowledge and horizons!"

Alumni Spotlight

Miss Natasha Maguder, who was a Macmillan Academy student of A LEVEL SPANSH is now a staff producer and director of short documentary features for CNN international. As part of her job, she sources stories from around the world, researches them, films them, interviews the people involved and then returns home to write the scripts and edit the pieces. Past projects have included short documentary pieces in the Arctic, the Amazon and sub-Saharan Africa.

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