In a world where the opportunities for international travel and
employment continue to grow, the ability to communicate in a foreign language
is a highly valued skill.
The study of a foreign language is an exciting
and stimulating activity, which promotes the development of a variety of
personal skills. The ability to communicate in a foreign language at a
higher level brings an even greater sense of achievement and career
opportunities, as well as a more in-depth understanding of other countries and
We offer three A Level language courses in French, Mandarin and
Spanish for students with a keen interest, enthusiasm and ability for language
learning at a higher level. A Level students will develop an understanding of
their chosen language in a variety of contexts and genres which enables them to
communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of
purposes. In addition to developing advanced communication skills, our A Level
language courses also focus on the importance of awareness and understanding of
the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or
communities where the language is spoken. The courses encourage students to
form their own opinions based on their study of the language in this broader
context to enable them to take their place in a multilingual global society.
The Alice Smith School’s academic results in language courses
are excellent with 100% of students taking Spanish and Mandarin A Levels in
2012 achieving A*-B with an impressive 85% of French students achieving the
It is recommended that students embarking upon an A Level modern
foreign language course have achieved at least a grade B in their chosen
language at GCSE or equivalent, and they must achieve an average of a grade B
in all their GCSE subjects.
Language A Levels are accepted entrance subjects at all
universities. The higher learning of pure language at degree level leads to
opportunities in Linguistics, Interpreting, Translation and Teaching. Any
foreign language skill is a positive advantage in all job sectors globally,
from International Relations and Politics, to Engineering, ICT and the Media.