Modern Foreign Languages
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Board Website: AQA – Assessment and Qualifications Alliance
|Modern Foreign Languages Curriculum Summary|
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English is not enough – in fact 75% of the world population can’t speak it at all! More and more colleges and universities are asking for a GCSE in a language as part of their requirements for being accepted onto a course. Learning a language is a challenge and can be tough, but why not use it as an opportunity to show future employers or colleges / universities what you are made of? We live in a globalised society where knowledge of another language is seen more and more as a valuable asset and one that can increase your earning potential.At Swanmore you have the opportunity to study either French or Spanish to GCSE. Both are languages which have huge value in business and social contexts, as well as for holiday and leisure purposes. Languages are increasingly important in today’s world and you would undoubtedly benefit from taking a language at Key Stage 4. If you have studied French all through KS3, we could be guiding you towards studying French GCSE. If you have started Spanish in Year 9, you are able to choose either language at GCSE level.
What will I need to succeed?
You will need:
Learning a language is a life skill – it gets you places! And scientific research suggests that the best time for the brain to learn a new language is during teenage years. Don’t go on to regret not taking the chance to do so…
Subject Content – AQA GCSE in French and Spanish
GCSE Languages have a Foundation Tier (grades 1-5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4-9). Students must enter all four skills at the same time.
The three overall themes are:
AQA GCSE Assessment Requirements (9-1 Grades) – all four skills will be assessed in the form of separate end of course examinations
What it can lead to after leaving Swanmore College?
It is well known that continuing to study a language at a higher level can naturally fit with many subjects. This will then enable you to use all of your acquired skills to access more careers and more opportunities at home as well as abroad.
Both French and Spanish A Level courses are offered at most local colleges, including Peter Symonds and Barton Peverill.
Looking past College, a Language GCSE would enable you to continue your studies at Degree Level. Language qualifications are also heavily sought by employers in a range of fields such as Education, Hospitality, Politics/Law, and Business.