28 countries around the world have French as an official language, so by studying French at Cardinal Newman you will not only benefit from the help of enthusiastic tutors, but you will also increase your employment prospects for the future. French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, UNESCO, as well as NATO and an ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. In addition, a deeper knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature, and the world of fashion, theatre and art as well as cuisine!
Studying a Modern Foreign Language at A Level will enable you to build on the skills that you have learnt at GCSE and deepen your understanding of the language, culture, society and history of the country of your chosen language. In addition, you will develop your grammatical knowledge and your spoken fluency further.
During your first year, you will study a film in your chosen language. You will also cover topics including; family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships/relationships/citizenship, youth trends, issues and personal identity, education and employment opportunities as well as Literature, the Arts, Cinema and Music in your chosen language’s country.
In your second year you will learn about discrimination and diversity, as well as migration and integration and the culture, history and politics of (Spain from 1936 onwards) (life in post-war France from 1940-1950) (life in Germany from 1989). In addition, you will study, in detail, a fiction book in your chosen language.
Many of our students choose to continue to study languages either on their own or as a combined programme after College. In the past students have studied more than one language at university, or combined their language with other subjects such as Business, Zoology, Linguistics, Drama, Economics, Law, History and even Physics and Medicine.
At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 6 in your chosen language at GCSE.
NOTE: If you wish to study Spanish at A Level but have not previously studied it at GCSE, you must achieve at least a 7 in GCSE English Language, along with a strong GCSE profile. If you have previously studied a language at GCSE you will need at least a 7 in this language, as well as a strong GCSE profile.
German, Spanish, English, Sciences, History, Law, Business Studies, and Drama & Theatre Studies.