You will study the language, grammatical systems, communication, culture and politics of French/Spanish speaking countries. Moving on from GCSE, you will learn how to confidently communicate in written and spoken French/Spanish with a high level of grammatical accuracy.
An A level in either French will give you a huge advantage in the globalised job market, allowing you to compete for roles with an even wider range of employers. You will develop the linguistic skills that you acquired at GCSE to allow you to manipulate either language more effectively and move towards fluency. You will also study the use of language in political and social contexts, using news reports and articles to acquire vocabulary and grammatical knowledge.
The course is made up of four themes. The four themes address a range of social issues and trends, as well as aspects of the political and artistic culture of France and French-speaking countries. Themes 1, 3, and 4 focus on aspects of society or history of France only. Theme 2 requires students to broaden their knowledge across any Francophone country/countries and/or community/communities. Each theme is broken into three sub-themes (highlighted in bold). These sub-themes are each exemplified further.
Students will be assessed via examinations (written and speaking) at the end of the two-year course. The course consists of two externally-examined papers assessing listening, reading and writing and a speaking assessment. The speaking assessment is externally set and conducted by a teacher-examiner. Students must complete their speaking assessment in April/May and all other assessments in May/June in any single year.
Students who are keen to develop fluency of a modern foreign language, and would like to learn more about foreign culture, politics and society. Students need to achieve a grade 5 or higher in English and Maths. They will also require a grade 6 or above in French.
Vital for students who want to go on to study languages or linguistics at university, an A level in MFL will also give any CV a huge boost when applying for jobs in literally any sector with large, international employers. MFL are also well regarded as complementary subjects for any combination, whether Science, Arts or Humanities.