What is the course about?
This course is ideal for students who...
o have an interest in developing fluency and understanding in one of those languages well beyond GCSE standards.
o enjoy using the language to express their opinions and justifying their comments on a broad range of social issues.
o enjoy reading and writing in a foreign language and learning about other cultures.
o wish to carry out research into other countries and their history, geography, society and the arts.
Exam board: Edexcel, OCR.
Duration of course: Two years: year 1: AS, year 2: A2.
What units/topics will be studied?
1. Youth culture and concerns.
2. Lifestyle, health and fitness.
3. The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues.
4. Education and Employment
5. Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions.
6. Social issues (equality, discrimination, immigration, new technologies, etc.)
7. Literature and the arts.
What do I need to study this subject?
In order to study this subject, you must have achieved at least B at GCSE level. If you do not have a GCSE but speak the language at home, you will need to complete a simple speaking and written task to help us assess your suitability for the course.
What can I do to prepare myself to study this subject?
o Sound knowledge of all GCSE topic-related vocabulary and grammar will be essential, especially good understanding and awareness of all verb conjugations. A good GCSE revision handbook or textbook will be helpful.
o An interest in watching films and programmes and reading newspapers in the language of study is highly recommended to increase understanding.
Where can this lead me?
This course may be taken as a self-contained AS level (one year) or a full A level (two years) leading to a University degree as a main course of study or as an additional component in combination with other disciplines. Languages are highly versatile and complement most subjects.
What are the enrichment opportunities as part of this subject?
The college organises yearly trips to France and Spain as well as film screenings in London cinemas and various trips to museums, language-related exhibitions and places of interest.
Entry Requirements C – Portuguese (or native speaker)