Modern Foreign Languages

"To have another language is to possess a second soul." Charlemagne

Miss Tomes, Miss Orr, Mr Horstrup, Mrs Gisby, Mrs Iveson
Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE French, GCSE German or GCSE Spanish as appropriate


A-Level modern foreign languages are assessed in a range of skills, including listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammatical skill and translation. You will build on the language and skills you have established at GCSE, while developing the ability to communicate spontaneously in the target language. The topics studied at A-level are more advanced than those at GCSE, and include aspects of modern French-, German- or Spanish-speaking society, current trends and issues, artistic culture and politics. In addition, you will complete guided study of a literary work and of a film in the target language. 


At DGSB, we believe that learning a language can enhance your personal development as well as what you can achieve later in life. Studying a language at A-level is, sadly, not common in Britain, so if you do choose a language A-level, this will set you apart from other candidates for universities and jobs. In most European countries, students have to study at least one foreign language at A-level, and you may be in direct competition with them for university places and in the workplace. With Brexit, we may well lose many of our foreign linguists, so British linguists will be highly sought after. In addition, learning a language will aid your cognitive development and help you to better understand other cultures. 

Studying a modern language at A-level will prove extremely useful for students studying English and the Humanities, since these subjects share many common themes and skills. Languages are, however, also invaluable for those wishing to pursue careers in the sciences, ICT and engineering, since so many industries related to these subjects have bases in more than one country. Proficiency in one, or preferably more, modern languages is increasingly seen as an essential skill in most areas of higher education, and will be vital for securing good jobs in the global and expanding international workplace.