an introduction to modern foreign languages a-level

A brief overview from our A-level teachers.

What does it involve?

One of the aims of A-level French, German or Spanish is to provide the opportunity for students to significantly broaden their studies and to acquire the different skills required by many international employers.

Each A-level course consists of four core areas: Social Issues and Trends; Political and Artistic Culture; Grammar; and Literary Texts and Films. Students will develop their skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking to encourage a high level of fluency and accuracy.

Studying French, German or Spanish at A-level helps develop communication skills, teamwork and independence. In addition, the course provides a solid platform for those wishing to go on to study a language at university.

How is it assessed?

At the end of the course, students are tested for their listening, reading, translating, speaking and writing skills through three examinations.

Which skills or qualifications do I need?

Students will require a Grade 6 in their chosen subject, in addition to strong spoken and written skills.

University or employment prospects?

Students can go onto study French, German or Spanish either as stand-alone subjects or as a combined degree at university and many courses provide a year in industry abroad.

A second language is an asset to anyone, but particularly when it comes to job searching as many employers regard an additional language in a very favourable light. Career opportunities typically lie in consultancy, banking, travel, media, business and foreign affairs.