Why Study a Foreign Language?

Knowledge of a foreign language can widen a person’s horizons and provide them with many new opportunities. For those who have a passion for communication and an interest in learning about other cultures, then the further study of French/German/Spanish is a must. Whether students intend to use a foreign language for work, study or leisure, this course will equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to become proficient linguists.

Entry Requirements

GCSE French/German/Spanish at grade 6 or above.

Course Content

These courses are being offered as an AS course at the end of which students will take an AS exam in either French, German or Spanish.

During the AS course students will study information and vocabulary on 2 topics:

  1. Social Development in France/Germany/Spanish
  2. Political & Artistic Culture in French/German/Spanish speaking countries

For the AS exam students will also study a French/German/Spanish film, which will not only help to develop their skills in understanding the language but also broaden their knowledge of the history and culture about which they are learning. For their AS oral exam students will respond to and talk about two written texts and then discuss one of a range of themes from Topic 2 such as music, the media, modern technology, customs and traditions.

At the end of the course students will take 3 exams:

Paper 1: Listening, Reading & Translation

Paper 2: Written Response to Works & Translation

Paper 3: Speaking

Future Opportunities

Some students choose to take a degree in languages, others choose to pursue a different subject but choose a language option alongside it. Having a language at AS or A Level will certainly improve a student’s employability, in particular with international companies.

Find out about careers and opportunities available to people who can speak a foreign language and see how embarrassing it can be when you don’t understand someone else’s language. – click here

If you’re not sure where an A Level in a foreign language could lead you to afterwards, then take a look at this site for some great job ideas – click here

This following site will give you an idea of just how many other skills you are learning by learning a foreign language, and some famous examples of people who have done just that – click here

Take a look at the Edexcel website to see some examples of German & French AS and A2 exam papers and find out about the exam requirements – click here


What will I be studying?

French – Year 12

  • A-Level Theme 1 – Aspects of French – Speaking society / Current trends
  • A-Level Theme 2 – Artistic culture in the French speaking world
  • A-Level Literary Film – La Haine from Mathieu Kassovitz

French – Year 13

  • A-Level Theme 3 – Aspects of French – Speaking society / Current issues
  • A-Level Theme 4 – Political life in the French speaking world
  • A-Level Literary Text – L’Etranger from Albert Camus

Spanish – Year 12

  • A-Level Theme 1 – Aspects Hispanich society
  • A-Level Theme 2 – Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
  • A-Level Literary Film – Pan’s Labyrinth from Guillermo del Toro

Spanish – Year 13

  • A-Level Theme 3 – Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
  • A-Level Theme 4 – Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
  • A-Level Literary Text – La casa de Bernarda Alba from Frederico Garcia Lorca