2018 - 2020
Modern Foreign Languages
Course Content & Assessment
Such a broad and specialist Faculty offers nothing but the best in terms of quality of teaching and learning and we are justifiably proud of our language results which are significantly higher than the national average.
The European dimension is brought ever closer through the range of trips and visits offered by members of the Faculty, including a four day cultural visit to Paris, a study visit to Barcelona and Post-16 work experience to Spain.
First and foremost because it’s fun! But there are plenty of more practical reasons too. With the competition for university places growing ever fiercer, it is advantageous to have a foreign language qualification. A foreign language is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious academic subjects and is also favoured by higher education institutions for the communication skills that it helps students to develop.
Just think about the work and study possibilities at home and abroad in today’s global market that you may be opening up for yourself if you study a language. An A level in a foreign language can give you an invaluable linguistic base on which to build your fluency and confidence to communicate with others. Critical thinking skills also improve as you learn to see the world through a different cultural perspective so learning a second language actually stimulates your creative streak and it opens your mind - literally! Post 16 AS/A2 French and Spanish
The study of languages at A level enables students to research up-to-the minute news and topical items in Europe. Students also have the unique opportunity of experiencing life and the World of work in Europe first hand in a visit to their Target Language country.
During the course students read and listen to authentic foreign language materials and study aspects of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of a country where the language is spoken. Students have opportunities to develop their understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, ethical, environmental, health and European issues. They extend and develop their knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary of the foreign language and use this to speak, write, read and listen to the language.
Entry Criteria & Progression
Route A: GCSE Grade 6 in Spanish.
Almost two-thirds of modern languages graduates enter employment within six months of graduation. Popular areas of work include translating, writing, advertising and marketing, personnel and HR, sales and business. Linguists are the second most employable graduate category after medics.
Language skills are in demand and can be used in almost any career, particularly within businesses that trade internationally. Experience in areas such as administration and IT will also be useful for many jobs that use language skills. Many modern language graduates choose careers not directly related to their subject. This means that language graduates work for a huge variety of employers and sectors, including: Business, Engineering, Media, Teaching and Tourism