language

Spanish

Qualification: 
A Level
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Stephanie Richardson

What is A Level Spanish?

If you are interested in the way of life of Spanish speakers; if you enjoy speaking Spanish and want to be able to express yourself in sophisticated, accurate Spanish, if you are fascinated by Spanish and its differences from English, then more advanced language study is for you. Through listening, reading, speaking and writing the language you will gain awareness and understanding of the cultural and social background of the countries where Spanish is spoken.

Is Spanish suitable for me?

Students tell us they find AS Spanish really interesting because you can learn about the culture. On the other hand, having to do independent work has proved a challenge and there is a lot of vocabulary to learn. Furthermore, grammar becomes more important than at GCSE but constant reinforcement of the grammar has improved their accuracy and they enjoy feeling more confident and competent in oral skills. They also like the use of the language laboratory to work at their own pace.

How will I learn?

In lessons you will use Spanish constantly to understand and to communicate your own reactions and views. You will learn about people and society in Spanish-speaking countries from a variety of Spanish language sources, fact and fiction, using print, audio and video media. You will often work in pairs and small groups and can work at your own pace using audio, video, text and internet based resources in the multimedia language laboratory and via the College’s Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment).

In the first few weeks we help you make the transition from GCSE to more advanced work, starting with short texts and audio extracts for discussion and short pieces of writing. You will develop your personal study skills and start individual reading and listening programmes. To enable you to feel more confident about the language you can use there will be a strong focus on grammar understanding and grammar practice.

Constant practise and use of the language are the key to progress, so besides set tasks for homework you will be expected to spend time on guided independent study, including reading, listening, watching news reports and other video materials, whether paper-based or online.

How will I be assessed?

For A level Spanish you will be tested on listening and reading comprehension, written language accuracy, translation between languages and your speaking skills.

In the A level examination you will be tested on the study of a book and a film.

Progression

Language study contributes to a broad general education and gives you invaluable practical and transferable skills for the future. You may choose to specialise in Spanish at university or combine Spanish with other subjects such as Engineering or History. In most careers nowadays language abilities are highly valued and most modern Higher Education courses encourage an element of language study as an extra module or additional skill. Recent A Level linguists have gone on to take, among others, Business Studies, European Studies, International or European Law.

Rory successfully completed her Spanish A Level and is now at the University of Warwick where he is combining Spanish with French.

Daisy is now studying Spanish at Leeds University having obtained high grades in her A Level examinations.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. You should have at least a Grade B in GCSE Spanish or equivalent.

Course costs

All students will be expected to buy their own learning materials and stationery.

Essential for AS: approx £25 for textbooks. £10 for other materials e.g. on-line login

Essential for A level: over two years approx £50 for textbooks, £20 for other materials, eg. on-line login

Optional: trips e.g. plays, conference days (£15 - £20 per trip), possible overseas visits £400-500

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Course Code

AQA1696/2696

German

Qualification: 
A Level
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Stephanie Richardson

What is A Level German?

If you are interested in the way of life of German speakers, if you enjoy speaking German and want to be able to express yourself in sophisticated, accurate German, if you are fascinated by German and its differences from English, then more advanced language study is for you. Through listening, reading, speaking and writing the language you will gain awareness and understanding of the cultural and social background of the countries where German is spoken.

Is German suitable for me?

Our students tell us they like learning about German speaking culture and society, and mentioned for example the Berlin Wall as a fascinating topic. They enjoy conversation in small groups with a native-speaker German assistant and appreciate the variety of resources we use. There is much more independent work and a choice of reading. Listening is seen as demanding, going beyond picking out general facts towards understanding details and the implications of what you hear. Students also say they find the increased emphasis on grammar challenging but they feel we offer them excellent help with the transition from GCSE.

How will I learn?

In lessons you will use German constantly to understand and to communicate your own reactions and views. You will learn about people and society in German speaking countries from a variety of German language sources, fact and fiction, using print, audio and video media. You will often work in pairs and small groups and can work at your own pace using audio, video, text and internet based resources in the multimedia Language Laboratory and via the College’s Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment).

In the first few weeks we help you make the transition from GCSE to more advanced work, starting with short texts and audio extracts for discussion and short pieces of writing. You will develop your personal study skills and start individual reading and listening programmes. To enable you to feel more confident about the language you can use there will be a strong focus on grammar understanding and grammar practice.

Constant practise and use of the language are the key to progress, so besides set tasks for homework you will be expected to spend time on guided independent study, including reading, listening, watching news reports and other video materials, whether paper-based or online.

How will I be assessed?

For  A level you will be tested on listening and reading comprehension, written language accuracy, translation between languages and your speaking skills.

In the A level examination you will be tested on the study of a book and a film.

Progression

Language study contributes to a broad general education and gives you invaluable practical and transferable skills for the future.

You may choose to specialise in German at university or combine German with other subjects such as Engineering or History. In most careers nowadays language abilities are highly valued and most modern HE courses encourage an element of language study as an extra module or additional skill. Recent A Level linguists have gone to take among others, Business Studies, European Studies, International or European Law.

Jonty gained top grade A Levels in German, History and Mathematics. He has just embarked on a course at Durham University combining German and History, including a year studying History at a German university. Jade gained good A Levels in Psychology, History and German: she is now undertaking training for Primary Teaching at the University of Winchester and will be able to offer German to her future primary school pupils.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

You should have at least a grade B in German GCSE.

Course costs

All students will be expected to buy their own learning materials and stationery. Estimated costs are outlined below:

Essential for AS: approximately £25 for textbooks, £10 for other materials, eg. on-line login 

Essential for A level over two years: approximately £50 for textbooks, £20 for other materials, eg. on-line login

Optional: trips, e.g. plays, conference days (£15 – £20 per trip); possible overseas visits £400-500

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Course Code

AQA1661/2661

French

Qualification: 
A Level
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Stephanie Richardson

What is A Level French?

If you are interested in the way of life of French speakers, if you enjoy speaking French and want to be able to express yourself in sophisticated, accurate French, if you are fascinated by French and its differences from English, then more advanced language study is for you. Through listening, reading, speaking and writing the language you will gain awareness and understanding of the cultural and social background of the countries where French is spoken.

Is French suitable for me?

Our students appreciate working with up-to-date and relevant materials and enjoy the variety of activities presented. Although the transition from GCSE to A level, especially increased emphasis on accuracy and a wide vocabulary, does present a challenge, students feel well supported and have a sense of progress. They enjoy the many opportunities to speak the language.

How will I learn?

In lessons you will use French constantly to understand and to communicate your own reactions and views. You will learn about people and society in French speaking countries from a variety of French language sources, fact and fiction, using print, audio and video media. You will often work in pairs and small groups and can work at your own pace using audio, video, text and internet based resources in the multimedia language laboratory and via the College’s Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment).

In the first few weeks we help you make the transition from GCSE to more advanced work, starting with short texts and audio extracts for discussion and short pieces of writing. You will develop your personal study skills and start individual reading and listening programmes. To enable you to feel more confident about the language you can use there will be a strong focus on grammar understanding and grammar practice.

Constant practice and use of the language are the key to progress, so besides set tasks for homework you will be expected to spend time on guided independent study, including reading, listening, watching news reports and other video materials, whether paper-based or online.

How will I be assessed?

You will be tested on listening and reading comprehension, written language accuracy, translation between languages, and you speaking skills.

In the A level examination, you will be tested on the study of a book and a film.

Progression

Language study contributes to a broad general education and gives you invaluable practical and transferable skills for the future. You may choose to specialise in French at university or combine French with other subjects such as Engineering or History. In most careers nowadays language abilities are highly valued and most modern Higher Education courses encourage an element of language study as an extra module or additional skill. Recent A Level linguists have gone on to take, among others, Business Studies, European Studies, International or European Law.

Vicky, always an enthusiastic linguist, gained top grade at A Level in French, German and English Literature and went on to study Modern Languages at Oxford University. Tom, a highly successful mathematician, took a year studying Maths at a French university during his degree course.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

You should have at least grade B in French .

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks and stationery.

Essential for A level: Over two years: Approximately £50 for textbooks. £20 for other materials, eg. on-line login

Optional: Trips e.g. plays, conference days (£15-20 per trip); possible overseas visits £500+

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Course Code

AQA1651/2651

English Language and Literature

Qualification: 
A Level
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Stephanie Richardson

What is English Language and Literature?

The course will allow you to discover the ways in which writers use language to inform, persuade, entertain and create meaning, before giving you the opportunity to put this into practice in your own creative pieces.

You will study, analyse and compare a number of different texts for the course, such as broadcast interviews, sports commentaries, speeches and memoirs along with more traditional literary texts including modern playwrights, poets such as Philip Larkin, and novels such as The Great Gatsby. You will also complete a coursework assessment which will allow you to write both fiction and non-fiction.

You will learn how language works on different levels making connections in texts from all genres, some of these texts will be non-literary, and some will be spoken so you can explore how we convey ideas through speech as well as writing.

Is English Language and Literature suitable for me?

This course is suitable for you if you enjoy reading and analysing texts, ranging from historical literature to blogs. You will also have an interest in, and enjoy writing for various audiences and purposes as well as recreating different forms and styles of writing.

How will I learn?

Lessons will be varied but will primarily be centred on the core areas of analysis and creative writing.

Lesson content may include:

  • experimentation with different writing styles, ranging from short stories to newspaper articles and advertisements
  • comparing real spoken texts with the imitation of speech in literature
  • small group or whole group analysis of texts
  • the discussion of literary themes and ‘voices’
  • discovering and analysing the differences between speech and writing
  • transcribing spoken conversations, real and recorded

How will I be assessed?

Examination: 80% - exam questions totaling 6 hours. You will be asked to respond to unseen texts and texts from the genres of poetry, drama, prose and non-fiction texts which you have studied on the course.

Non-examination assessment: 20% this component includes your own creative writing.

Progression

English Language and Literature is a recognised and respected A Level qualification, which demonstrates clear understanding of different writing styles. It is, therefore, a useful and worthy qualification in terms of the progression to university and/or a career.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. You must have achieved at least a Grade 5 in GCSE English. 

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own stationery, memory cards/disks and the literary texts being studied. It is helpful to attend theatre trips, but these are not compulsory.

Essential: £15.00 for literary texts.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

 

English Language

Qualification: 
A Level
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Stephanie Richardson

What is A Level English Language?

English Language is a fascinating academic course of study which invites us to explore the many different ways in which language operates. If you are someone who has always enjoyed English and who finds themselves thinking about language then this could be the course for you. Have you ever wondered why or whether males and females speak differently? Why have “ wicked” and “sick” changed their meanings so drastically? Why are humans the only members of the animal kingdom to develop such a sophisticated communication structure? Why do we no longer talk the way Shakespeare did? All these questions and more will be answered.

Is English Language suitable for me?

English Language is suitable for a wide variety of students. It gives you the opportunity both to precisely analyse language and to use language creatively. Perhaps the most frequent comment we hear quite early on from new students is, “It’s nothing like English at GCSE.” This is because we study entirely new topics like language and gender, language and identity and child language acquisition. Students who enjoy language but are less interested in studying novels, plays and poetry often thrive with this subject.

How will I learn?

  • Highly experienced teachers deliver the course content.
  • All resources are posted on Moodle and there is a wide range of material freely available for extra study
  • Booklets designed exclusively by Alton College support your learning
  • You are important. Your ideas and opinions about language are always included and any examlpes of language which you find interesting are incorporated into lessions.
  • you will look at all aspects of how texts are created and then apply what you have learned to your own writing
  • language is never neutral so debate and argument are frequently a part of our lessons
  • you will be encouraged to challenge theories and carry out your own research

How will I be assessed?

Under the new guidelines coursework now forms 20% of your final A level grade. The coursework is completed in year 2.

Over all the total exam time is 5 hours, split over various exams which are all set in year 2.

Progression

There is potential for those wishing to pursue careers or further studies in journalism and education, as well as in many areas of business and management.

More and more universities are offering degree courses in English Language, on its own and combined with other subjects including Linguistics, European or American Studies, most modern languages, English Literature and creative writing.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. You must have achieved at least a Grade 5 in GCSE English. 

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, stationery and calculators (where applicable). Any further costs are outlined below:

Essential: £10-20 for booklets and course materials.
Optional: £20 for tapes and trips.

Students are advised of a small number of useful texts to purchase but this is optional.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

 

 

 

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