Modern Languages (French, German or Spanish)

Overview

Language skills at this level are highly sought after by employers all around the world so studying for one or more modern languages will greatly advance your employability when you step into your chosen career.

Furthermore, a language degree develops essential skills required on a wide range of employment opportunities such as communication, independence, ability to weigh up an issue from different viewpoints, cultural awareness, adaptability, resilience, speed of thought, an eye for detail and analysis.

What we’ll study

Understanding of sentence structure

Application of grammatical rules to build sentences

Expansion of a range of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions

Development of ability to replicate authentic pronunciation

Ability to decipher meaning from the spoken word

Reading and reformulation of information

Discursive writing in the target language

Expression and defence of own opinions

Ability to analyse issues from various viewpoints

Understanding of target language culture

Awareness of topical issues.

Your future

A significant proportion of our students go on to higher education, to either study languages alongside another subject, such as Business or Law. Frequently they continue with the study of the languages in which they have the A Level qualification or study them alongside a new language such as Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian or Arabic.

This extra skill, of being able to operate in a number of languages, means that they can benefit from employment opportunities not only in the UK, but also throughout the world.

The department also offers a GCSE Italian course which would suit you well if you’re interested in an MFL degree as it gives you the opportunity to try a lesser taught language and demonstrate your love of language learning.

Management consultancy, recruitment, logistics, business management, graduate management schemes, global accountancy, export/import business, the Diplomatic Service, multinational aid agencies, as well as teaching, interpreting and translating are all potential careers.

How you’ll be assessed

There are a number of exams to sit as part of this two-year A Level. There will be:

an oral exam which lasts under half an hour

a listening, reading and translating exam, taking English into your foreign language and translating your foreign language into English

Two essays either on two literary works or one film and one literary work.

Factfile

Level: A Level

Entry Requirements:

General College entry requirements.

GCSE English grade 4 or above in Grade 5 or above in the language you choose.

Great subjects to partner Modern Languages at A Level:

Any subject combination works well with a Modern Language. Popular choices are a second Modern Language, the Sciences, Maths, History, Politics, Law, Business, Economics, Geography, English Language, and English Literature.

Possible future careers: management consultancy, recruitment, logistics, business management, graduate management schemes, global accountancy, export/import business, the Diplomatic Service, multinational aid agencies, as well as teaching, interpreting and translating.

If you’re considering MFL at A Level and would like to discuss your options, please get in touch.

Contact: Mrs L Pagliuca

Email: ljp@holycross.ac.uk

 

For more information contact

Name: Mrs L. Pagliuca
Email: ljp@holycross.ac.uk
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