MFL (French Italian Spanish)

A level Board/code


What do we cover in the course?

Key syllabus elements

The course covers a wide variety of topics related to the target language country, countries and communities ranging from family, health, media, work, the environment, politics, economy, human rights etc. These topics will be explored through:

  • reading authentic material such as magazines and newspapers.
  • listening to a variety of authentic recordings using a variety of  facilities
  • speaking through class discussions, debates and presentations
  • writing in a variety of registers.

How is it assessed?

Key assessment elements

This A Level is assessed in four units (Unit 1 &2 at AS level. Unit 3&4 at A2 level)

AS Unit description

Unit 1: Spoken Expression and Response

This unit rewards students for their ability to converse in the target language on a general topic area that they have chosen in advance. Students will be expected to give relevant and appropriate information, convey opinions, interact and respond to a range of questions.

Unit 2: Understanding and Written Response

This unit requires students to understand and convey their understanding of target-language texts and recordings. In addition, students will need to produce an essay to demonstrate an ability to manipulate the language in continuous writing.

A2 Unit description

Unit 3: Understanding and Spoken Response

This unit requires students to demonstrate the effectiveness of their target-language skills by presenting and taking a clear stance on any issue of their choice. They will be expected to interact effectively with the teacher, defend their views and sustain discussion as the teacher moves the conversation away from their chosen issue.

Unit 4: Research, Understanding and Written Response

This unit requires students to demonstrate skills in A-Level writing (discursive or creative essay) and translation from English into the target language. The unit also requires students to demonstrate evidence of independent, A-Level target language reading and research of a chosen text, play, film or topic area that links to the culture and/or society of the language-speaking country, countries or community.

Key skills required

You will need to feel confident in the four language skills of Listening Reading, Writing and Speaking.  You must also have some knowledge and understanding of the Italian/French/Spanish culture and way of life.

What entry requirements are there to study this course?

GCSE or equivalent level

What is the course useful for?

If you enjoy languages and communication, and interested in learning about the Italian, French and Spanish culture and way of life, then this course could be for you. Similarly, if you are interested in the business world, in travelling and tourism, in literature, journalism and the media, then this is what you are looking for.  Whether you want to use the language for work, further study or simply for leisure, this course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge