As a department, we are very proud to offer A-level classes in French and German and we are looking to expand to include other languages in this Key Stage.
Sixth Form students can also opt for GCSE classes in the vertical curriculum.
What is AS-Level like?
AS-Level starts from where you are in GCSE and increases your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.
You will still be taught in F-block and will have 6 lessons a week with Homewood MFL staff. Your lessons are split between two staff who will teach you different topics for the exam. They will also assess you regularly with formal assessment at the end of every term. There is also a supervised study lesson which we will use for you to have dedicated time with a languages assistant to practise your spoken language in a small group.
You can also use the study lesson to catch up on missed work, do some extra reading or to do vocabulary learning
AS-level is a step up from GCSE and you will need to learn as much vocabulary and grammar as you can.
What are the AS exams?
At the end of year 12 you will sit the AS exam. If you continue to A2, you will not keep the AS mark as you must sit the whole A level exam at the end of the course.
The AS exam at the end of year 12 is made up of 3 papers:
Paper 1 – 1 hour and 45 minutes. There are 3 sections:
Listening: Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and
sources. One of the tasks is a summary of the main points of one of the passages.
Reading: A reading assessment based on a variety of text-types and genres where students will have
to respond to comprehension questions.
Translation: An unseen passage to be translated from target language to English.
Paper 2 – Written response to works and translation
1 hour and 40 minutes
Section A: Translation (20 marks)
Students translate an unseen passage from English into target language
Section B: Written response to works (literary texts) (40 marks)
Students select one question from a choice of two for their chosen literary text. If a student
answers a question in this section then they do not complete Section C.
Section C: Written response to works (films) (40 marks)
Students select one question from a choice of two for their chosen film. If a student answers
a question in this section then they do not complete Section B.
The topics covered vary according to the language you are studying but they relate to social issues and changes in the society of the target language country, education, world of work, music, media, traditions and festivals of the target-language country.
Paper 3 – Speaking
Students complete two tasks – Task 1 is worth 42 marks and Task 2 is worth 30 marks.
Task 1 (responding to written language and discussion based on Theme 1)
Students are provided with two texts and respond to questions on them, followed by a wider
discussion on the theme.
Task 2 (discussion on Theme 2)
Students will choose to discuss one sub-theme drawn from the main theme.
What happens for A2?
You will study 2 additional themes during your 2nd year of study. These vary according to the language you are studying. The 3 papers will include questions on all 4 themes that you have covered during the 2 years of the course.
You will also be required to carry out an independent research project. This means research carried out without the help or instruction of others, including teachers. The independent research project may be based on any of the four themes of study or on a subject of interest of the student’s choosing, but must relate to the cultural and social context of the language studied.
The A2 exam:
Papers 1 and 2 have a similar format to papers 1 + 2 in the AS exam but they will cover all 4 themes.
Paper 3 Speaking includes the following:
Task 1 (discussion on a Theme) Content for this task will be based on a sub-theme from one of the four overall themes. Students will be able to choose one out of two sub-themes to discuss and this choice will be given to them on the day. Stimulus cards will be given as a springboard to the discussion.
Task 2 (presentation and discussion on student’s independent research project). Content for this task will be based on the subject of interest that students have chosen for their independent research project. This may be based on any of the four themes of study listed on pages 8–9 of the specification or on a subject of interest of the student’s choosing. However, it must relate to the cultural and social context of the language.