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Modern Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish)


Specification We currently offer French and Spanish at SGHS and we follow the AQA syllabus in both languages. German is offered at Ermysted’s Grammar School, where our students also follow the AQA syllabus.
Contact Miss M Gualtieri (Curriculum Leader: MFL)
Entry Requirements A*, A or B at GCSE in the relevant language.


Is this course for me?

French, German or Spanish A Levels suit those who are interested in the language and who would like to explore the respective cultures while improving their conversational and debating skills. You need to be self-motivated and organised.

Where can it take me?

Students have gone on to study a variety of languages at university, as well as combining languages with courses in Law, Business
or Politics.

Speaking a foreign language can open up opportunities in a huge range of careers,
as well as offering the chance of living or studying abroad, whether for a short time
or permanently.

What do current students think?

  • “Studying languages gives you a wider view of the world and your place in it. It shows that differences in cultures, nationalities and languages are not a barrier but a bridge that can be very happily crossed.”
  • “Going on an exchange is a great opportunity to meet new people and experience a different culture first hand with people our own age.”


A Level Qualification Structure:

Subject Content

A Level French Specification code: 7652

A Level Spanish Specification code: 7692

A Level German Specification code: 7662

You will be studying three themes:

1. Social Issues and Trends

2. Political and Artistic Culutre

3. Works: one set film and one set text

You will also work on an Individual Research Project where you will have the opportunity to research a particular societal/cultural/linguistic aspect of a country/ countries where French/Spanish/German is spoken.


This qualification is linear, which means that students will sit their exams at the end of Year 13

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translating from and into French/Spanish/German

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A Level

Paper 2: Essay Writing: one on a set film and one a set text

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks in total
  • 20% of A Level

Paper 3: Speaking: discussion of one aspect of a theme studied during the two-year course and presentation and discussion regarding the Individual Research Project.

  • Oral exam: 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
  • 60 marks
  • 30%

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Specification AQA A Level French (2650), German (2660) and Spanish (2695)
Contact Mrs S Beaumont (Curriculum Leader: MFL)
Entry requirements A*, A or B at GCSE in the relevant language.


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