Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code KE23
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Communication skills are at the forefront of our work. This means that much of the work is done in pairs or groups, producing dialogues, debates and group presentations based around a wide range of current and topical themes. A careful study will be made of the grammar of the language to enable effective communication in all these areas. The first half term will have a special focus on grammar and oral skills improving students’ ability to communicate spontaneously in the foreign language.

Reading comprehension skills with an online account where they will have access to the course text book and lesson resources, will be practised through the exploitation of different kinds of texts. Students are issued with their own textbook and online account, and this, along with newspaper and magazine articles, downloaded from the internet, will form the basis of our work. 

Video and audio clips accessed via the internet and viewed on an interactive whiteboard or in the department’s own multi-media suite, will be used regularly to promote listening skills and to heighten awareness of current affairs. 

All this work will be aimed at developing an awareness of, and interest in the language, society and culture of those countries in which French, German and Spanish are spoken. 

The department offers a wide and varied programme of study trips and exchange visits to give students the opportunity to practice their oral skills and to learn more about the countries where they are spoken. Opportunities at present are as follows: 

German Y12/13 Study visit to Berlin/Vienna (1 week) 


 AQA Exam Board

Topics studied over the two year course: 

- Trends and issues in the society of the target language countries, e.g. the changing nature of the family, the cyber society, politics and immigration, youth culture

- Artistic culture in the target language countries, e.g. cultural heritage, film, music, art and architecture

- A film

- A piece of literature (a novel or a play)

Independent Research Project:

Students must identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where the language is spoken. They must select relevant information from a range of sources including the internet. The aim of the research project is to develop research skills. Students will demonstrate their ability to initiate and conduct individual research by analysing and summarising their findings, in order to present and discuss them in the speaking assessment.

How will it be delivered?

Exams to be sat at the end of Y13.

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing

- 2h 30 minutes

- Questions are based on topics studied above and will target main points, gist and details and will require either non-verbal responses or responses in the target language. They will include the need to infer meaning and will include abstract material such as opinions, views, emotional reactions and personal experiences.

- The examination also includes translation passages of approximately 100 words each, TL to English and English into TL.

Paper 2: Essay writing

- 2 hours

- Students answer an essay question in the target language for each of the two works (film, novel) they have studied. All questions will be in the target language and will require a critical and analytical response. Students will be advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.

Paper 3: Speaking

- 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes supervised preparation time)

- The test will be in two parts: Part 1 is a discussion based on a stimulus card, followed by the presentation and discussion of the student’s individual research project.

There will also be exams in Y12, a mock in January (paper 1 only), and a full set of exams in June. Although these do not count towards your final grade, they are used for UCAS predicted grades and evaluating continuation into Y13 

Entry requirements

A liking for the subject is the major requirement for a languages course but this must be allied to an ability to work well both independently and co-operatively with others. Active participation will be required, and so it is necessary to be willing to communicate and to become involved. Keeping up to date with current affairs in the target language is also essential in tackling the rigours of the new specification.

We recommend strongly that students should have gained at least a grade 5 at GCSE before embarking on the A level course. 


Your next steps...

Some of the opportunities are:

  • to go on to study languages at university. Most language degrees offer at least one year studying and/or working abroad.

  • in recent years many of our students have gone on to combine a language with an increasing range of subjects including medicine, business studies and aeronautical engineering. This has allowed students to take a sandwich year, usually in the second or third year of their degree study, to work in industry in the foreign country.


    Job opportunities include:

    Lawyers, managers, interpreters and translators, bilingual secretaries, diplomats, teachers, business executives.  Employers consider language skills vital in today�s business world and good linguists are ALWAYS in demand. Graduate unemployment amongst linguists is amongst the lowest compared with other disciplines.