Curriculum: KS5 Modern Foreign Languages

Examination Board: AQA

French Specification: Click here.

Spanish Specification: Click here.


Course Content

The new AQA A-level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society. The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or to further study, including a modern languages degree.

The approach is a focus on how French/Spanish-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally and how it continues to change. In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of French/Spanish-speaking countries. In the second year further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on matters associated with multiculturalism. Students also study aspects of the political landscape including the future of political life in the French/Hispanic world by focusing on young people and their political engagement.

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where French/Spanish is spoken, and their language skills. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in French/Spanish.


Skills Gained from Taking this Course

  • Linguistic skills: analysis of linguistic structures, awareness of the structures of the components of the Latin and English language.
  • Analytical skills: literary, cultural and historical.
  • Reading skills: texts with challenging content and language.
  • Written expression and ability to plan and write essays.
  • Independent enquiry skills.
  • Understanding of moral, social and political structures which are foundations of our own.

St Marylebone Entry Requirements

To gain entry into the sixth form at St Marylebone School, students must gain a minimum of five 9-6 grades at GCSE and a 5 grade in English and Maths GCSE.


Subject Specific Entry Requirements

For French A Level: Grade 6 in French GCSE.

For Spanish A Level: Grade 6 in Spanish GCSE.


Entry Suggestions

Have a secure grasp of verb tenses studied at GCSE, and be able to express yourself confidently in past, present and future time frames.

Have an interest in the history, politics and culture of the Target Language country e.g. who is the President/Prime Minister? What cultural differences / similarities are there between the country and Britain? What historical events are celebrated by the citizens of the country and why?

An interest in exploring the cultures and identities of the wider French/Spanish speaking world through film, music etc.


If you are made an offer, you will be expected to complete the following before your first lesson in September:

French
Familiarise yourself with the new AQA A-level specification (online).
Go back over the main tenses and practise conjugating verbs on the spot (www.languagesonline.org.uk)
Try to read some authentic news stories and watch some short news clips to work on Listening skills and vocabulary.
Watch some French films and do a bit of research on the wider French-speaking world.

Spanish
Familiarise yourself with the new AQA A-level specification (online).
Go back over the main tenses and practise conjugating verbs on the spot (www.languagesonline.org.uk)
Try to read some authentic news stories and watch some short news clips (BBC Mundo) to work on Listening skills and vocabulary.
Watch some Spanish films and do a bit of research on the wider Spanish-speaking world.


Resources Needed for this Course:

A good bilingual dictionary (English – Target Language)

A modern grammar of the Target Language (we can recommend specific editions per language.)