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Why choose to study AQA AS and A-level Languages? These qualifications will appeal to students looking to broaden their existing knowledge of languages. They will enable you to develop your linguistic skills alongside your understanding of the culture and society of countries where French and Spanish are spoken. Bringing out the best in you they will help you on your journey to further studies and the world of work. Both qualifications are linear which means you will sit your exams at the end of the course. The AS course is fully co-teachable with the first year of the A-level course, enabling flexibility for students as they plan their course of study.

AS-level

You will study social and technological change alongside highlights of artistic culture, including music and cinema. You will also explore the influence of the past on present French or Spanish-speaking communities. Throughout your studies, you will learn the language in the context of French or Spanish-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. You will study a text or a film.

Subject content:

Core content

  1. Social issues and tends
  2. Artistic culture
  3. Grammar

Options

  1. Works: Literary texts and films

Assessments:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing 40%

What is assessed?

  • Aspects of French or Spanish-speaking society: current trends
  • Artistic culture in the French or Spanish-speaking world
  • Grammar

Paper 2: Writing                                                              30%

What is assessed?

  • One text or one film from the lists in the specification
  • Grammar

Paper 3: Speaking                                                           30%

What is assessed?

  • One sub-theme from Aspects of French or Spanish-speaking society: current trends and one sub-theme from Artistic culture in the French or Spanish speaking world

A2-level

You will study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. You will study highlights of French or Spanish-speaking artistic culture, including music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the French or Spanish-speaking world.

You will also explore the influence of the past on present-day French or Spanish-speaking communities. Throughout your studies, you will learn the language in the context of French or Spanish-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. You will study texts and films and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice.

Subject content:

Core content

  1. Social issues and tends
  2. Political and artistic culture
  3. Grammar

Options

  1. Works: Literary texts and films

Assessments:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing 40%

What is assessed?

  • Aspects of French or Spanish-speaking society: current trends
  • Aspects of French or Spanish-speaking society: current issues
  • Artistic culture in the French or Spanish-speaking world
  • Aspects of political life in the French or Spanish-speaking world
  • Grammar

Paper 2: Writing                                                              30%

What is assessed?

  • One text and one film or two texts from the lists set in the specification
  • Grammar

Paper 3: Speaking                                                           30%

What is assessed?

  • Individual research project
  • One of four sub-themes i.e. Aspects of French or Spanish-speaking society: current trends, Aspects of French or Spanish-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the French or Spanish-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the French or Spanish speaking world

Choice is the keyword of this new specification, which gives a variety of pathways through the examination.  With the AS option this flexibility is enhanced still further and opens the possibility of a post-GCSE modern language qualification to people who do not necessarily see themselves as language specialists, but who appreciate the importance of a foreign language, as well as to those seeking employment in the world market.

People wanting to study languages must have ideas, interest and imagination. You will need to discuss newspaper articles and current affairs, to be open-minded and prepared to offer your own views, whilst listening to those of others. 

Obviously a prolonged stay in France or Spain during the course is essential. You could attend a language course, try a stint as an au-pair or as a one-way paying guest ‘en famille’. If you have good contacts yourself you might even be able to organise some work experience with a French or Spanish firm. The possibilities are endless!

You are all aware of the vital and growing importance of Europe and your role in it. An A Level or AS Level in a modern foreign language will broaden your horizons but also open up opportunities in employment.

Mrs Charlotte Rock
Head of Modern Languages

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