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French and Spanish

Entry requirements

4 in GCSE French or GCSE Spanish

4 in GCSE English Language

What will I study

We have provided information about both French and Spanish A-levels below.

You will look at how French or Spanish speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of French or Spanish-speaking countries. 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 or Spanish-speaking society as well as looking at the positive influences that diversity brings. You will also study the political landscape in a French or Spanish-speaking country, looking at immigration from a political perspective and at the way in which political power is expressed through action such as strikes and demonstrations. The extent to which teenagers are politically engaged and taking a look towards the future of political life in French or Spanish-speaking society also forms part of the course.

How will I be assessed?

There are three elements to the final assessment at the end of Year 13.

Listening, reading and writing 2.5 hour paper worth 50%

Writing 2 hour paper worth 20%

Speaking is tested orally taking approximately 21-23 minutes including 5 minutes preparation worth 30%

Is this subject for me?

A starting point would be an enjoyment of languages at GCSE level as some of the topics and the assessment methods are similar. The demands of the specification will take you a step further and develop your linguistic and cultural knowledge. To study languages at A-level you will need to be rigorous with your learning and very accurate in your application of knowledge.

Where can this lead me?

Linguists are increasingly in demand in all sorts of working environments. Doing a languages A-level could lead to a degree in languages, linguistics, European Studies or can also be combined with most subjects at higher education level, for example law, international relations, politics, media, business or sciences. These degrees lead to a wide variety of careers including, but not limited to, translation, interpreting, teaching, publishing, journalism and marketing.

What else is there?

There will be opportunities throughout the year to visit university open days to see the language specific courses that they offer. Across the duration of the course there are options to visit France or Spain, and you may also be interested in pairing up online with a student in a school in a French or Spanish speaking country.

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