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St Thomas More

Catholic School


MFL (A Level)

Course outline

AS/A Level MFL (French/Spanish) – Skills examined: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Translation. Intouchables/Volver are the films studied.

Although this is a 2 year course all students will be entered at AS level.

What type of student succeeds at French/Spanish A Level?

Languages are quite demanding at A Level, however, they are also very rewarding. Students who study languages have the opportunity to learn about the culture of the country whose language they are studying. At A Level, students also need to be able to research independently authors and film directors from the target language country.

Subject requirements at GCSE

A minimum of a Grade 6 at GCSE in French /Spanish plus a grade 6 in English Language is required in order to study French/Spanish at A Level. In addition, all students must sit an entrance exam based on holiday homework. The course requires an excellent understanding of grammatical concepts following on from those needed to attain a Grade 8 and 9 at GCSE.

Complementary subjects

Languages are well paired with the Arts and with Sciences.


Students receive homework every time that they have an MFL lesson. This homework may vary from learning vocabulary to independent research. It is important to constantly revise grammar constantly and to work independently on the various websites used at A Level.

Student View

“I am enjoying studying languages at A Level. It is a big step from GCSE, however, I feel that I am coping well. I am particularly enjoying the book I have been given as extra reading material.  I also enjoy learning about the culture of Spanish-speaking countries and the fact that all lessons are conducted in Spanish. I am hoping to continue with Spanish at university”.  

Future Directions

Which university courses require a MFL A Level?

Although many degrees do not specify that you need a language it is always an advantage to have a MFL whether you are studying for a BA or for a BSc.

Which university courses look favourably on an MFL Level?

An MFL A Level is favourable for any degree which requires essay writing.

What are the entry requirements to study Languages at university?

French/Spanish degrees usually require an A/A* in the first language and a B in the second language.

Which careers could a language degree lead to?

Teaching, Interpreting, Translating, or Law.