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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 other cultures, as the courses allow a focus on France and Spain but also all other French and Spanish speaking countries. Grammar is studied alongside the various themes.

Studying a language helps students to become well-informed and effective communicators.

Course content/Outline:

Year 12

Year 13

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

Aspects of Spanish-speaking society

  • The changing state of the family
  • The digital world
  • Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television

Artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world

  • Festivals and traditions
  • Art and architecture

A film



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

Multiculturalism in Spanish-speaking society

  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism

Aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world

  • Spain and the European Union
  • Politics and youth

A literary work
An individual research project

All Sixth Form linguists are encouraged to visit France or Spain, including 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, allowing you to study abroad as part of your degree. If you continue to study a language you will have the opportunity to follow some of the most prestigious international business courses universities have to offer. Here are just a few possible career fields: International sales and marketing, Investment banking, Law, Education, Government / European Parliament, Journalism, Travel and Tourism.

Syllabus: French / Spanish

Examination Board: AQA

More information: Miss A Haria