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Modern Foreign Languages

French & Spanish

 Exam Type: Linear 2 year A-Level

Exam Board: AQA

Course Requirements:

It is expected that students will have achieved at least the equivalent of GCSE Grade 6 in the relevant language before taking this course. It is essential to make your subject teacher aware as early as possible that you are considering continuing with a language to AS or A-Level and seek advice.

Course Content:

The focus is for students to develop their linguistic abilities as outlined by the skills below and also study the culture and society of the countries where the target language is spoken. Students will study at least one literary text or one film at AS and a further text from a prescribed list (set by AQA) in the second year of A-level.

Topics covered are:


  1. Aspects of Hispanic society
  2. Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
  3. Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
  4. Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
  5. Text: Federico García Lorca La casa de Bernarda Alba
  6. Film: El laberinto del fauno Guillermo del Toro (2006)


  1. Aspects of French-speaking society: current trends
  2. Aspects of French-speaking society: current issues
  3. Artistic culture in the French-speaking world
  4. Aspects of political life in the French-speaking world
  5. Film: La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz)
  6. Text: No et moi (Delphine de Vigan)


By examination and speaking exam


Paper 1 – Listening, Reading, Writing & Translation (50%)

Paper 2 – Writing (20%)

Paper 3 – Speaking (30%)

Career Opportunities/Progression:

Some students choose to do degree courses in languages; others choose to pursue a Higher Education course in another subject, but choose a language option alongside it.

Having a language at A-Level will certainly improve your employability, in particular in companies which have international branches.