Specific Course Requirements
‘A’ or ‘A*’ at GCSE French/Spanish (or equivalent) and the ability to manipulate the language and work independently, a love of language and a determination to succeed!
You will be interested in different cultures and keen to use a different language to understand and to communicate your own ideas. This course is suitable for you if you: enjoy learning French/Spanish and about French/Spanish culture and you want to use a language for further study or work or have a good memory and a logical mind.
General Topic Areas for ‘Year 12
Social Issues and Trends (In the target language country): Family, Education (French only), Impact of Tourism (Spanish only), World of Work.
Political, Intellectual and Artistic Culture (In the wider target language speaking world): Music, Media, Festival and Traditions.
General Topic Areas for Year 13
Social Issues and Trends (In the target language country): Immigration and the Multicultural Society
Political, Intellectual and Artistic Culture (In the wider target language speaking world): The Occupation and Resistance (French) The Franco dictatorship and the transition to democracy (Spanish).
What do I need to know, or be able to do, to study this course?
You will need to acquire an increased knowledge and understanding of language structures in your chosen language and show that you can apply these effectively when speaking or writing in the language. You must also be able to read and listen to authentic sources in the target language in order to understand specific details and widen your range of language.
How will I be assessed on this course?
Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (into English), 2 hours in total, 40% of final grade.
Paper 2: Written response to works and translation, 2 hours and 40 minutes in total, 30% of final grade.
Paper 3: Speaking, lasts between 21 and 23 minutes including 5 minutes preparation time, 30% of final grade.
What could I do with a qualification in this subject?
You can study the language at university and/ or take up a second language or combine a language with another subject (e.g.Business) at university. You can work abroad or work for a company with international links. Many employers now prefer to employ people with foreign language skills, knowing that the business world is global and that you have the potential to reach a much wider market.