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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811

KS5 (Years 12-13)

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

Students have the opportunity to study French, German or Spanish to A level, following the AQA syllabus. We use a range of up-to-date and authentic resources as well as following the AQA textbooks published by Hodder Education and Oxford. Students also study a film and a piece of literature in their chosen language over the two years of the course. Each A level is taught by two teachers who divide the syllabus up into their specialist areas. We have highly qualified and experienced teachers in each language.

An A level in MFL helps students develop confident, effective communication skills and a thorough understanding of the culture of the countries around the world where the target language is spoken. The course develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider the language in a broader context.

There is a long-standing record of excellent success at A level which enables students to further their studies beyond Sixth Form. An A level in a language can lead to:

  • Undergraduate study of a language at university, including the opportunity to begin studying new languages from scratch
  • Combined honours degrees at university (such as economics, sociology etc. with a language) including the opportunity to study abroad for a year
  • Combined honours degrees at university (such as business, engineering etc. with a language) including the opportunity to work in industry abroad for a year
  • Job opportunities within international businesses
  • Enhanced opportunities for travel
  • Specialist language jobs including translation, interpreting, teaching or jobs in the tourist industry

Each A level is split into “Social issues and trends” (6 topics) and “Political and artistic culture” (6 topics). In addition, students study a text and a film and will also complete an individual research project to form the basis of their presentation for the speaking exam.

YEAR 12

FRENCH

GERMAN

SPANISH

Social issues and trends

(3 topics)

The changing nature of family

The changing nature of family

Modern and traditional values

The ‘cyber-society’

The digital world

Cyberspace

The place of voluntary work

Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television

Equal rights

Political and artistic culture

(3 topics)

A culture proud of its heritage

Festivals and traditions

Modern day idols

Contemporary francophone music

Art and architecture

Spanish regional identity

Cinema: the 7th art form

Cultural life in Berlin, past and present

Cultural heritage

Film

Au revoir les enfants – Louis Malle

Das Leben der Anderen -  Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

El laberinto del Fauno – Guillermo del Toro

 

YEAR 13

FRENCH

GERMAN

SPANISH

Social issues and trends

(3 topics)

Positive features of a diverse society

Immigration

Immigration

Life for the marginalised

Integration

Racism

How criminals are treated

Racism

Integration

Political and artistic culture

(3 topics)

Teenagers, the right to vote and political commitment

Germany and the European Union

Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens

Demonstrations, strikes – who holds the power?

Politics and youth

Monarchies and dictatorships

Politics and immigration

German re-unification and its consequences

Popular movements

Set text

Un sac de billes – Joseph Joffo

Der Besuch der alten Dame - Friedrich Dürrenmatt

La casa de Bernada Alba – Federico García Lorca