New draft specifications for GCE French, German and Spanish (2016) now available

Mon Jul 13 12:30:00 UTC 2015

The new draft specifications and sample assessment materials for Pearson Edexcel GCE AS and A level qualifications in French, German and Spanish (9-1) for first teaching from September 2016 have now been submitted to Ofqual for accreditation. 

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The drafts are available in the A level Modern Languages (2016) section.

The format and content of the new qualifications are significantly different to the current qualifications. The AS will be completely decoupled from the A level and, although students may still be entered for AS in one year and A level in another, the AS results will no longer contribute to the A level qualification, as is currently the case.

Other changes at AS and A level include:

  • the inclusion of reading, listening and translation assessments 
  • a renewed emphasis on knowledge and critical understanding of the target language culture.

AS students must study either a literary work or a film.

A level students must study either a film and a literary text or 2 literary texts.

Content will focus on:

  • social issues and trends
  • political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture.

A level students will also engage in independent research.

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We’re putting on a series of meetings this July (face to face and online) and more will follow next term. You may be able to book a place on a free launch event via our training page.

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