LEVEL 3: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA
You will study:
- French media, culture, lifestyles, family and relationships
- Current affairs
- Contemporary social and environmental issues
You will need (or equivalent to);
- GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or above
- GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
- GCSE French grade 5 or above*
- plus two more GCSEs grade 4/C or above
*If you have not studied GCSE French you will need to be a competent speaker and must have five GCSEs (including Maths and English) grade 4/C or above.
There are three exams:
- Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing
- Paper 2 – Writing
- Oral Exam
Many students go on to study Language at university, often combined with another course (Law, Business Studies, Maths, Politics, English etc.). With a Language A Level you will also have the choice to study any other language at degree level. Study at degree level usually involves time spent working or studying abroad.
In recent years, the ability to use languages is highly prized by employers. Modern languages graduates are in demand with 96% of students finding employment. Whatever you decide to do, your language skills will be an invaluable asset to you.
Popular career fields include diplomacy, national security, medicine and engineering. You will develop key skills such as the ability to build relationships in and across borders, critical thinking and problem solving, a global outlook and intercultural confidence. Businesses and organisations not only want to recruit people who talk a language, but who have a deeper understanding of foreign environments and practices and are first-class communicators.
Will there be opportunities to visit other countries?
We aim to offer opportunities to stay with families in order to experience the language and culture. Past students have had the opportunity to visit Lisieux as part of Taunton’s twinning partnership. This visit is designed to develop language skills and to enhance your experience of learning a foreign language.