Modern Languages


French, German, Spanish

Examining Board: OCR


You will learn to communicate at a higher and more complex level in the language you have chosen. In developing your skills in reading and listening, you will be working with a wide range of texts and you will also be using radio and television recordings to get an insight into the life and culture of the countries where the language is spoken.

In speaking and writing, you will learn how to hold a conversation in the language and discuss a range of issues related to France, Germany or Spain and South America... You will be taught how to manipulate grammar and structure essays in the target language.

What qualifications do I need to start the course?

In general, you will be expected to have achieved a GCSE grade A*/A, or equivalent, for the AS course. At A2 level you will be expected to have achieved a grade C or above at AS level.


What will I be studying and how is it assessed?


Unit 1




–Explain the English stimulus material

–Understand and respond to the examiner

Topic discussion

–Discuss a topic in detail, explaining facts and ideas and justifying points of view

15 mins

30% of AS mark

15% of A2

Unit 2

Listening, Reading and Writing 1


–Listening comprehension

–Reading comprehension

–Transfer of meaning from target language to English



70% of AS mark

35% of A2



Unit 3


–Discussion of an article

–Topic discussion

15 mins


Unit 4

Listening Reading and Writing 2

–Listening Comprehension

–Reading comprehension

–Translation from English into target language

–Extended essay




TOPIC AREAS                                             AS                                                              A2

                                                                Aspects of daily life                                      Society

                                                                Leisure and Entertainment                             Environment                               

                                                                Communication and Media                Science and Technology

                                                                Education and Training                                Culture


What careers would this be suitable for?

Leading Universities now promote the fact that, in our global economy, many companies are keen to employ linguists and, there is an urgent need for people who are able to communicate with their counterparts in other countries. Studies also show that, at degree level, Modern Foreign Language students have employment chances second only to a degree in Medicine. Worth thinking about!

Modern Languages can lead to careers in law, accountancy, journalism, international commerce, diplomatic service and the public services.

What skills will I develop?

Excellent communication skills and heightened cultural awareness.


Miss E P Evans BA (Hons) PGCE


did you know?

A* & A at A Level