Modern Languages

Modern Languages

Entry Requirements: GCSE 6 in the language you wish to study

Studying a modern foreign language at A level is an exciting, challenging yet rewarding adventure. Languages can take you in so many directions and our small class sizes will allow you to excel and gain in confidence.

FRENCH

In the first year students study social and technological change alongside highlights of French-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema.

Students also explore the influence of the past on present-day French-speaking communities.

Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of French-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study a text or a film.

In the second year further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on issues, such as life for those on the margins of French-speaking society as well as looking at the positive influences that diversity brings. Students also study aspects of the political landscape in a French-speaking country, e.g immigration.

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where French is spoken. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in French.

The choice of works (literary texts and films) offers opportunities to link with the themes.

GERMAN

In the first year students study social and technological change. They will study highlights of German-speaking artistic culture, including art and architecture.

Students will explore the influence of the past on present-day German-speaking communities.

Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of German-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study a text or a film.

In the second year, further aspects of the social background are covered, alongside the German political landscape, both in relation to Germany itself and its place in Europe. The past and its role in shaping the present is viewed through the reunification and its consequences while the focus on young people and politics looks forward to shaping the future of German-speaking countries.

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where German is spoken, and their language skills. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in German. The choice of works (literary texts and films) offers opportunities to link with the themes.

 

ASSESSMENT (For French and German courses)

Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

 

Career Opportunities:  A thorough knowledge of a Modern Foreign Language can form a strong foundation for a career in European Business.  The career opportunities for those speaking a foreign language are immense.  A Modern Foreign Language can be studied in Higher Education on its own or in combination with other subjects eg.  Business Studies, Law, Tourism etc.  As well as teaching, translating and interpreting, a qualification in Modern Foreign Languages is an important asset in many other spheres - including commerce, industry and communications.

 

 

Student Quote

I chose to do German because I really enjoyed learning the language throughout my time at school, particularly at GCSE. I like how the class sizes are much smaller which allows more one to one with the teachers and I also like how the course incorporates a wide range of skills and units. Although a lot of work needs to be put in, I know it will all be worth it in the end as I know that languages are highly regarded by universities. (Y12 German student)