A Levels in Modern Languages
We offer A Levels in French, German and Spanish.
We also offer A Level Spanish (Ab Initio), where students do not need to have previously studied GCSE Spanish to study this course. It is an intensive beginners course that requires 6 hours of study per week and equates to one full A Level. Students who would like to do this should apply for Spanish in the normal way and will be identified at interview.
Why study these subjects?
- You enjoy communicating with others
- You want to learn more about other cultures, including films, TV and literature
- You would like to work abroad
- You wish to increase your employability: language specialists usually get preference over other candidates of identical ability who don’t have a language
- You want to take part in a foreign trip: the department organises trips to France, Germany and Spain
- You intend to take a year out before going to university and do some volunteer work in a foreign country Scientists, medics and engineers need languages: they travel and work throughout the world
- Whatever you decide to do as a career, it is highly likely that you will one day find yourself working for a multinational company or for a firm with connections abroad: in France, Canada, Germany, Spain, Latin America and even Africa
- Having knowledge of a foreign country and its culture, will enable you to interact effectively abroad. This is a skill that prospective employers are actively looking for
- The demand by companies for executives, management, scientists and sales people to be multilingual is ever increasing
- Employers say they want people with skills such as engineering, law, chemistry etc who can also speak a foreign language
- Numerous universities offer combined courses, which means you can study two subjects: your foreign language and a completely different subject, such as Engineering, History, etc
Topics you will cover
Over the two years you will study contemporary topics including: Education, The World of Work, Cinema, Music, Health, Sport and Fitness, Rights and Responsibilities as a world citizen, Life in the French, Spanish, German Speaking World (Latin America, Canada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Austria etc ) Immigration and Multiculturalism, Wealth and Poverty, Science and Technology, Film, Literature and a period of History.
Spanish requires Grade 6 in GCSE Spanish.
To study Spanish (Ab Initio), students must meet the College’s general entry requirements. If you have not achieved a grade 6 in another European language at GCSE then a grade 6 in English language GCSE is required.
French requires Grade 6 in GCSE French.
German requires Grade 6 in GCSE German.