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Why study Modern Foreign Languages(French/Spanish)?

The subject provides opportunities to develop language skills and general knowledge through student focused assessment. With an element of personal choice and a wide range of appealing content and opportunities, the course allows students to gain a greater understanding of another culture. Grammar is studied alongside the various themes. Studying a language helps students to become well-informed world citizens and effective communicators.

Course content/Outline:

French A Level Spanish A Level

Year 12 - Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends

  • The changing nature of family
  • The 'cyber-society'
  • The place of voluntary work
  • Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  • A culture proud of its heritage
  • Contemporary francophone music
  • Cinema: the 7th art form
  • A film – La haine

Year 13 - Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues

  • Positive features of a diverse society
  • Life for the marginalised
  • How criminals are treated
  • Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  • Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment
  • Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?
  • Politics and immigration

Year 12 - Aspects of Hispanic society: current trends

  • Modern and traditional values
  • Cyberspace
  • Equal rights
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
  • Modern day idols
  • Spanish regional identity
  • Cultural heritage
  • A film – Volver

Year 13 - Multiculturalism in Hispanic society: current issues

  • Immigration
  • Racism
  • Integration
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
  • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
  • Monarchies and dictatorships
  • Popular movements

A literary work

An individual research project

All Sixth Form linguists are offered the opportunity to go to France or Spain as part of a Work Experience scheme. Students also benefit from individual support with a Foreign Languages Assistant.

What career opportunities are there?

Languages are recognised as being intellectually challenging, and both universities and employers look more favourably at potential candidates who have a language. European languages are the key to European communication and you can combine a language with any other field of study at university, as well as open wider employment opportunities in a global market. Here are just a few possible career fields: International Sales and Marketing, Investment Banking, Law, Education, Government, Journalism, Travel and Tourism.

Syllabus: French / Spanish
Examination Board: AQA
More information: Miss A Haria