Faculty: Humanities and Communication
Subject: Languages
Subject Leader: Miss Roberts, Head of MFL
Staff and Responsibility: Mr Petit & Miss Nicholson
Exam Board: AQA

Assessment Format

There are 3 papers at A-Level

Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing (40%)
There are a variety of reading and listening comprehension questions and a translation element, to this paper.  Topics include the changing nature of family, “cyber-society”, cinema and music.  Further topics include life for the marginalised, positive features of a diverse society, teenagers’ right to vote and political commitment.

Paper 2 – Writing (30%)
This is a written exam, including two essays.  One about a book  and the other about the film.  There is an element of choice and all questions will require a critical response to the aspects studied.

Paper 3 – Speaking (30%)
Candidates will discuss opinions based on a stimulus card from sub-themes they have studied.  They will have 5 minutes preparation time.  They will also present and discuss their individual research project.

Subject Overview

The A-Level course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE level. In addition to improving and extending knowledge of the language, students will examine the contemporary culture of the country, as well as its literature and compare it to our own here in the UK.

To access this course a minimum level of 6 is required, but preferably A-Level 7 at GCSE.

Potential Career Options

There is an increasing need for qualified linguists in this country to trade and negotiate with our European partners and also to use their skills abroad in European countries.  Industry and Commerce are increasingly recognising the importance of European languages and are rewarding competent linguists with very high salaries and excellent working conditions.  Successful completion of the course will lead candidates naturally on to a language related degree course.

The benefits of studying a language are wide-ranging: from learning to communicate in fresh ways to having a window into the culture of another country, from learning to express your views and listen to the views of others through the language that you are learning to studying its culture through a variety of modern media. By learning to manipulate a language to generate your own ideas and responses, you will broaden your own horizons and appreciate the variety that other languages offer. Delivering presentations and being able to summarise your reading, skills that go well beyond the classroom.


French/Spanish/German are languages of literature, rich in philosophy and culture. They are spoken widely throughout the world and open up huge possibilities for business and finance.

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”  ‒ Nelson Mandela

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