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Sixth Form


A Level AQA 7662

Paper 1

Listening, Reading and Writing


2h 30m

Paper 2




Paper 3




The Nature of the Courses

The main focus of the Sixth Form language courses will be developing students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing the foreign language through the study of stimulating topic areas. Materials will be firmly rooted in the culture of the target-language country. There are some variations between examination boards but the following list of topics is typical of the areas studied over the two years:

  • Social issues and trends in French/German/Spanish/Russian speaking societies
  • Aspects of political life and artistic culture in the country/countries where the language is spoken

Special Features

Students will be offered a unique opportunity to develop their language skills through a variety of teaching and learning strategies:

  • by reading and listening to a variety of contemporary texts in the foreign language
  • by speaking both in class discussion and with the language assistants
  • by writing longer and more complex pieces in the foreign language

Students will enjoy the benefits of:

  • Up-to-date course books.
  • Exposure to literature and film in the foreign language
  • Magazine and newspaper articles.
  • Reading foreign language magazines.
  • Using digital language laboratory facilities across SES.
  • Video material from our digital satellite resource.
  • Regular lessons with the language assistant in small groups.
  • Opportunities for exchange visits and work experience in some departments.
  • Film evenings and theatre visits.

Skills Demanded and Developed

We expect students to join us with a genuine desire to pursue their language studies and to have a keen interest in the countries where the target language is spoken. Students should have a good knowledge of the grammar, vocabulary and structure of the language; be keen to develop their communication skills through speaking or writing; be ready to listen to the target language and become increasingly comfortable with longer and more complex texts; be able to research and analyse, present balanced arguments and show knowledge and appreciation of other cultures and lifestyles. Independent learning is an essential part of Sixth Form study and we expect students to show commitment both at school and at home in:

  • researching topical issues in target-language countries using magazines and online newspapers.
  • wider reading using library resources
  • watching films relevant to topic areas
  • using all of the above to build up a dossier of key information on areas of the examination specification in addition to material presented in class

Careers and Higher Education Implications

The importance of acquiring Modern Language skills has increased considerably and can only continue to do so, given the growing levels of co-operation between European nations. The range of openings for pupils following courses in Modern Languages is continuing to expand. Whichever avenue is chosen, it is likely to include a period of residence abroad at a school, university or in a company and as such will provide the kind of broad based education which is so highly valued by employers. We offer courses in four languages, all of which have their unique character and allow you to develop a wide range of skills, which will equip you for the future. Modern Foreign Languages have been designated as part of a group of subjects dubbed SIV (Strategically Important and Vulnerable) because of this they are seen as highly desirable A levels when presenting yourself as a potential undergraduate. For those considering the study of a modern foreign language at university it is advised that at least two languages are chosen for A level, although SES pupils studying one language at A level have, in the past, been successful applicants to foreign language degree courses, often including another language ab initio.

Strong A-Level Combinations

Possible Further Study and Degree Courses

Any second MFL Any single language or Joint Honours in two languages 
Business Studies or Economics Business related degree course with a foreign language
Psychology  Joint Honours degree courses
Sciences Many Chemistry courses, for example, include a year abroad
English  Joint or single Honour degrees in either English or the MFL
Politics, History, Geography  Joint or single Honours degrees
Philosophy and Ethics Joint or single Honours degrees


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