MFL – Year 12

AS Level French & Spanish

Students of French and Spanish AS Level follow the same Scheme of Work regardless of language. We aim for students to have 6 lessons a week (depending on group size) and students will have some dedicated time with a native speaker assistant.

The course consists of a number of complementary units in which the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed simultaneously. The course will help develop general study skills, but most of all students learn to communicate at a high level in their chosen MFL. They will also learn more about relevant aspects of the modern day societies in which French & Spanish are spoken.

Content of the course

The course consists of a number of complementary topics, divided as follows:

  • Television
  • Advertising
  • Communication Technology
Popular Culture
  • Cinema
  • Music
  • Fashion/Trends
Healthy Living/ Lifestyle
  • Sport/Exercise
  • Health and well-being
  • Holidays
  • Relationships within the family
  • Friendships
  • Marriage/partnerships

As you can see, there are several topic areas which are familiar to you from the GCSE studies. Our approach is always to build on what you already know, gradually extending the range and depth of your knowledge and setting it more firmly in a French or Spanish context.


The first stage is the AS (advanced subsidiary) exam, which is taken at the end of Year 12. This is a qualification in its own right, or be used it as a stepping stone to the full A level qualification. The AS consists of two units:

Listening, reading and writing – 2 hours (70%)

Speaking Test – 35 minute test (including 20 minutes preparation time) (30%)

Apart from these formal exams, students will also have regular end of unit assessments, vocabulary tests and mini speaking presentations to prepare in order to monitor progress carefully, and to build up confidence in preparation for the exams.