AS - Level This one-year course builds on the knowledge and skills studied at GCSE and is a mid-way stage between GCSE and A-Level. You will therefore require a good grade at GCSE level to enrol on the course. The four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are developed through the study of topics in the country of the language studied. These include: television, cinema, advertising, popular music, fashion, new technologies, sport & leisure, healthy living and family life.
A2 - Level
Following the two AS modules, students study more challenging topics in order to take the two A2-level modules at the end of the second year. Once again, all four linguistic skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing are studied, allowing students to become very confident in their use of the foreign language topics. These include: the environment, multicultural society, contemporary issues and cultural topics.
Modern Language AS and A levels combine well with any other subject at Notre Dame High Sixth Form and complement a well-balanced education. The course at AS and A2 level develops essential skills of communication and is an ideal option for students who have an enthusiasm for language learning and a willingness to participate in discussions and debates. Reading and researching contemporary resources, such as newspaper articles, the internet and video-clips, forms an integral part of the course. If you prefer working in smaller groups, there will be opportunities to practise speaking with a language assistant. Students who are interested in the prospect of travelling abroad can complete work experience or go on study visits in France , Germany and Spain .
Paper 1 1
hour 45 minutes
Listening & Reading Comprehension and Writing Translation into English
45% of total AS-level
Spanish/French society and culture
1 hour 30 minutes
Extended writing on one film or text studied.
25% of total AS-level
12- 14 minutes
Discussion of one sub-theme from artistic
Culture and one from Aspects of Hispanic/French society, based around stimulus cards.
Pre-test preparation time-15 minutes
30% of total AS-level
A LEVEL Examination
Reading & Listening comprehension, Writing. Translation into English Translation into Spanish
50% of total A-level
Current trends and issues studied Spanish/French culture & political life Grammar
Extended critical & analytical essays on one text AND one film or two texts
20% of total A level
21-23 minutes ( including 5 minutes preparation time)
30% of total A-level
Stimulus card based discussion on a sub-theme.
Presentation and discussion of Individual Research Project
Examination conducted by visiting examiner
you need a grade 6 or above at GCSE in Spanish.
It is vital that you have plenty of enthusiasm for language learning, a willingness to participate in oral work and have an interest in reading and research.
(See Option Blocks on our website)
- An A-level in a language is an essential qualification for students wishing to pursue their study of foreign languages in Higher Education.
- Taking an A-level in a foreign language is not restricted to people who want to go on to university to study languages or other arts subjects. Many Higher Education courses now contain a language module and this is becoming a popular option or even a requirement.
- Students of other disciplines e.g. Medicine, are finding that some university departments prefer students with post-GCSE foreign languages. Study of a modern foreign language at A level also enables you to take advantage of the many opportunities in Europe and beyond.
- Linguistic skills can enhance career and employment prospects both at home and abroad due to the increased trade and business communication across continents. As Britain's European horizons broaden, so will the demand for competence in European Languages.
Whatever your future holds, you will need to be able to communicate with people at all levels, not only about professional matters, but also on a social level. A language qualification could be your trump card, so why not study languages at Advanced