AS Level in Modern Foreign Languages:
French - Edexcel Exam Board
German and Spanish - AQA Exam Board
You will be expected to have achieved at least a grade B at GCSE in your chosen language. You must also have some knowledge and understanding of the culture and way of life in that country. You need to be interested in developing this understanding and in exploring in much more depth the topic areas which you have covered at GCSE.
What will I learn on this course?
This course will help you to develop your general study skills, but most of all, you will learn to communicate at a higher level in the language which you have chosen. You will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the society or societies in which the language is spoken.
What kind of student is this course suitable for?
If you are interested in languages and communication, and you enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life, then the Modern Foreign Languages course could be suitable for you. Similarly, if you are interested in the business world, in travel or tourism, in literature, or in journalism and the media, then you are also likely to find the course appropriate. There are a number of options in the course where you can choose your topic to suit your interests. Whether you want to use your language for work, for further study, training or for leisure, this course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge.
What examinations will I have to take to get my qualification?
AS: French (AQA)
Unit One (AS) Spoken Expression and Response (30%)
- The examination lasts 8-10 minutes
- You will have to choose a general topic area from those covered at AS Level
- Before the exam, you will be given a stimulus card by the teacher/examiner on your chosen topic area and will be given 15 minutes to prepare it. You will be able to make notes and take them into the exam with you.
- The examiner will begin the oral by asking you 2 questions provided by Edexcel on a specific aspect of the stimulus.
- The examiner will then ask 2 further questions, again provided by Edexcel which are more open ended and designed to elicit more general opinions on the topic.
- After 4 minutes spent on the stimulus, the examiner will ask more general questions but still on your chosen topic.
Unit Two (AS) Understanding and Written Response (70%)
- The examination lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes
- 45 minutes are allowed for listening at the beginning of the exam. You will have control of your own CD. You will not be allowed to continue with the listening after the first 45 minutes but, should you finish before, you will be allowed to start on the reading/writing part.
- A transfer of meaning (translation) task will be incorporated into the reading element. There will be a range of written texts and you will be expected to give non-verbal, short target language and English responses to a range of questions.
- You will be required to do a writing task in response to a stimulus.
AS : German and Spanish (Edexcel)
Topics covered: Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living/Lifestyle, Family/Relationships
Unit One (AS) Listening, Reading and Writing (70%)
- The examination lasts 2 hours.
- You control how long you spend on each element and in which order you complete the tasks.
- The Listening element will consist of approximately 5 minutes of material.
- You control your own listening device.
- The Listening and Reading elements will be marked for comprehension only, not quality of language.
- You will be required to complete a writing task, in which you will write a minimum of 200 words. You will respond to one question from a choice of three tasks, all based on the AS topics.
Unit Two (AS) Speaking (30%)
- The examination will last 15 minutes.
- You will choose from 2 cards on different topics, taken from the AS topics.
- You will have 20 minutes preparation time. In this time you may make notes and bring them into the examination room.
- The examiner will begin the oral examination by asking you the questions printed on your card, before exploring the topic further.
- You will then have a general conversation on the remaining three topic areas. You will choose the first topic.
A2: German and Spanish
The topics covered include:
Culture and The Arts:
- History, Cinema, Literature
The Multicultural Society:
- Immigration, Integration, Racism
Contemporary Social Issues:
- Wealth and Poverty, Law and Order, Impact of Scientific and Technological Progress
Religion and Beliefs:
- Ethical Issues, Religious Beliefs, Festivals and Traditions
You will also study either a literary text or a film.
There are two exams:
Unit 3 Listening, Reading and Writing 32.5%
Unit 4 Speaking 17.5%
Related Courses and Careers:
Courses: Languages are “facilitating subjects” as recommended by the Russell Group of Universities. An AS/A2 in Spanish would be beneficial to a great majority of courses at university, and would be particularly helpful if you choose to spend a year abroad.
Careers: Translating, Interpreting, Finance, Law, Sales and Marketing, Engineering, Tourism, Leisure, Public Sector, United Nations and European Union, Media, Teaching (Primary and Secondary), Linguistics, plus knowledge of a foreign language can allow you to pursue any career at an international level.