MFL - Key Stage 5

We offer 3 A Level courses - French, German, and Spanish. More details on both of these courses can be found in our Sixth Form Course Guide.


French

The French A-level is, in many respects, a continuation from GCSE, emphasising the same skills which are then pursued to a much higher level. You will learn more about France as you will be tackling a variety of issues that affect the country.

What will I be studying on the course?

Not surprisingly, you will need to acquire considerably more French grammar and vocabulary but this will be accompanied by topic-based teaching as well as the study of films and books.

Topics will be based on a variety of social, political and cultural issues, which are interesting, current and also fun to study! For example, you will be studying topical issues such as family, cybersociety, the arts, culture, immigration, etc.

In Year 12 you would be expected to spend roughly four to five hours per week outside timetabled lessons doing assignments and studying independently, with six to eight hours expected in Year 13.


German

German at AS or A Level builds on the skills you will have acquired in your GCSE studies. By the end of the course you should have developed these skills to a much higher level and you will have increased your knowledge and understanding of German-speaking countries through your study of their culture, social and political issues and the historical perspective.

What will I be studying on the course?

Much of the teaching of skills and usage (or grammar) is centred on topic areas. You will also be expected to acquire a wide range of vocabulary to enable you to discuss issues and present your point of view. Topics will be fun, interesting and current and you will be learning about things related to aspects of German-speaking society, social issues, trends and artistic culture.

In studying the topics, you will need to read magazine articles, authentic documents and news items (downloaded from a computer database) as well as listen to authentic materials or watch video extracts on the topic under discussion.

The first term is particularly important for the acquisition of new vocabulary and grammar. You will be practising the techniques demanded by the A level examination in various skills such as speaking, listening, reading, writing and translating.


Spanish

The Spanish A-level is, in many respects, a continuation from GCSE, emphasising the same skills which are then pursued to a much higher level. You will learn more about Spain as you will be tackling a variety of issues that affect the country.

What will I be studying on the course?

Not surprisingly, you will need to acquire considerably more Spanish grammar and vocabulary but this will be accompanied by topic-based teaching as well as the study of films and books.

Topics will be based on a variety of social, political and cultural issues, which are interesting, current and also fun to study! For example, you will be studying topical issues such as family, cybersociety, the arts, culture, immigration, etc.

In Year 12 you would be expected to spend roughly four to five hours per week outside timetabled lessons doing assignments and studying independently, with six to eight hours expected in Year 13.


Enrichment

Year 13 students are encouraged to offer GCSE support in preparation for speaking controlled assessments once a week on Wednesday afternoons.


Trip to Berlin

Each year, in the week before the Christmas break, year 12 and 13 Germanists have the opportunity to spend 4 days in Berlin, the reunited capital of Germany.

They visit the parliamentary building, sit in on debates, tour the city’s main ZDF TV studios, walk through the American Check Point Charlie border control, witness the horrors of spying in the East at the Stasi Museum, ditto at the Topographie of Terror information centre (former Gestapo Headquarters), take in the bleakness of Sachsenhausen (the first German concentration camp and former Nazi brewery), all the while tracing the demarcations of the now elusive Berlin Wall.

A little dark on the history front, but cheered up by the buzz of the omnipresent Christmas markets – mit Wurst und Glühwein, natürlich….