“The limits of my language are the limits of my universe.” (Ludwig Wittgenstein)
100 million people worldwide communicate in German – be one of them! By taking a language like German you are making yourself more employable for the future. German remains an important scientific language and German scientists are world leaders in many aspects of engineering, pharmaceuticals, pollution control and natural resources, and German research has brought us inventions that have revolutionised our world. Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world, meaning that there are plenty of jobs out there that require employees that can speak German. Above all it is simply a fascinating language!
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.
The First Year:
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.
The Second Year:
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.
Any Modern Language is highly sought after by employers and is a great skill to possess in the current work market. Furthermore, top universities respect and recognise the demands of studying this subject and the wide array of transferable skills acquired by students who study a language at A Level. Languages can be combined with nearly any other subject at university.
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.
French, Spanish, English, Sciences, History, Law, Business Studies, and Drama & Theatre Studies.