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Area of study:
English and Modern Foreign Languages
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Course Requirements: 

At least five GCSE grades 9 to 6, including at least a grade 7 in French.

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Why study this course?

Languages are used in so many situations whether at work, on holiday or in daily life – we live in a multilingual global society. Choosing an A Level language will open the door to a range of career possibilities. However, before the professional opportunities arrive, there are many academic benefits of learning a language at A Level. Not only do languages enrich your global cultural knowledge, but they can also improve your comprehension and critical thinking skills.

What will I study?

You will study the language through four main themes. You will consider social issues and trends: the changing nature of family, the ‘cyber-society’, the place of voluntary work, positive features of a diverse society, life for the marginalised and how criminals are treated. You will learn about political and artistic culture in the French-speaking world: a culture proud of its heritage, contemporary francophone music, cinema - the 7th art form, teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment, demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power and politics and immigration. You will study literary texts and may choose to study a film. You will also complete an individual research project where you will identify and research a subject or key question that you will present and discuss in the speaking assessment.

How is this course assessed?

One 2 hour and 30 minute exam on listening, reading and writing, worth 50%; one 2 hour written exam about the set works and a speaking exam, worth 20%; approximately 22 minutes, covering one of the themes studied and your research project, worth 30%.

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Where does this qualification lead?

Studying languages teaches you the skills that employers look for: an analytical mind; good thought process; strong memory capacity; fantastic cultural and intercultural awareness; good communication; and teamwork. At university, you can take a language as your main degree subject or combine it with another language or subject such as history, maths or music.

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