Modern Languages consist of French, German and Spanish. Within these subjects we study:
Italian is also available, but offers a different syllabus.
Component 1: Speaking
Percentage of total AS mark: 30% Method of assessment: Oral examination
The oral examination consists of a presentation and discussion on a personal research project concerning the Target Language.
Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation
Percentage of total AS mark: 50% Method of assessment: Exam
The content is the same for Components 1 and 2. Within these subjects we study:
Social issues and trends
Political, Intellectual and Artistic Culture
Diversity and Difference
History and Political themes
Component 3: Writing
Percentage of total AS mark: 20%
Method of assessment: Written exam; two essays based on two literary texts and/or films.
Who does this subject?
Languages are taken by a wider and wider variety of people because they are essential in the world of business, as well as being good proof of the sort of “breadth” required by universities seeking to recruit, for example, medical students. An AS level language will give you the edge you need to get into popular careers, where there are many applicants but only a few are successful. If you go on to A2 level, you are thinking of high-powered careers for the ablest students – such as advertising, the diplomatic service, translating and interpreting, merchant banking, export marketing, civil service – as well as the possibility of working at a variety of levels in industries such as travel and tourism and hotel and catering.
With consistently impressive statistics like: 100% A*/A/B for the previous 2 years running and 95% this year in French (compared with around 60% for sixth form colleges nationally) 56% A/B and 100% pass rate for Spanish AS (compared with around 40% for sixth form colleges nationally) 74% A/B and 100% pass rate for German AS (compared with around 40% for sixth form colleges nationally)
Studying for a modern language qualification at Loreto will give you a firm foundation for a successful career in any field.
Loreto currently provides courses at AS and A2 level in French, German, Spanish and, subject to demand, in Italian at every AS and A2 Level.
All courses are very enjoyable, providing you with many skills and opportunities you wouldn’t normally associate with a modern languages course. Our facilities are second to none and the computer based learning resources are outstanding and unique. We write many of them ourselves and they are not available anywhere else. Every student has free access to the Internet via hundreds of access points situated throughout the college.
Put yourself at the front of the job queue. Study a modern language course at Loreto.
What makes Loreto’s Modern Languages department unique?
As you can see from the student comments below – from the recent (and anonymous) Exit Surveys, we are deeply committed to excellence in teaching and using modern technology.
“The IT usage has made the lessons hugely interesting”. “Excellent use of ICT. Excellent resources available for revision.” “Handouts are really good. Teaching is excellent.” “You learn things about life and opinions – not just about the language.” “Great teaching and a lot of help from assistants.” “Extremely good teaching and resources available.” “Extremely organised and large amount of information on topics available.” “It’s fantastic. Use of ICT is really engaging. Much better than GCSE.” “Challenging.” “It’s just the best.” “Fantastic facilities! Fantastic language.” “Great teacher.” “Makes you think.” “Fun and enjoyable.” “Interesting.” “Amazing resources.” “Broadens your mind.”
The learning resources at Loreto are unique and set a standard of excellence second to none. OFSTED inspectors have repeatedly commented on them, with the following extracted from the first two of our last 3 inspections:
“Outstanding use of ICT in teaching and learning.” “At the cutting edge of development in Further Education at a national level.”
Our last OFSTED Inspection was in 2006, and modern languages were described as an “outstanding learning experience” for the students.
You won’t find better than Loreto for languages!
Loreto Sixth Form College
Chichester Road South