Subpage Heading

Modern Languages

Main page content (1 column)
Main page content (2 column auto)

At Collingham, Modern Languages are taught using a variety of source materials (texts and audio-visual resources), but above all we rely on lively communication between tutor and students in the classroom. Languages offered:  

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Modern Greek
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

The Subjects

Collingham has an exceptional record in Modern Languages at A Level. At least 50% of our candidates get Grade A. Each class is led by a core teacher, though students may be taught by other specialist tutors for certain options. Every course includes classes with a native speaker to develop the oral skills required for the AS and A2 examinations.

Compared with GCSE, there is much more scope for individual students to choose the matter of their course. Art, fashion, sport, music, literature, advertising, technology, business, politics and society are all topics covered by the subject specifications, and many of these can be developed by students in individual options. The new specification cuts down the number of examination units needed to be sat by candidates, with coursework now no longer part of the syllabus. Collingham tends to use Edexcel or OCR as its preferred boards, but we also accept students following the AQA programme.

Whatever the shape of the examination, the key skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening remain integral to all courses in the most popular languages. In certain so-called minority languages there is no oral or listening component.

nb: There is no oral examination for Arabic, Dutch, Japanese, Modern Greek, Portuguese or Turkish AS and A levels. The examination focuses on reading and writing skills. These two unit specifications promote advanced research of the societies and cultures of the relevant target language countries.

Chinese

Radically redesigned in a new three unit format, this specification offers discrete testing of all four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing at AS level. At Advanced level, advanced research of the societies and culture of Chinese speaking countries or communities is promoted and rewarded.  

Arabic

Collingham is one of the few sixth-form colleges in London which provides courses leading to GCSE, AS and A level Arabic.  Following the Edexcel syllabus, the course accommodates confident speakers as well as beginners, emphasizing the key skills of speaking, listening, comprehension, reading and writing.  Studying A level Arabic provides the opportunity to focus on Arabic literature and culture in general.

Left Column
Right Column
CTA

GCSE Courses

Click here

CTA

A Level Courses

Click here

CTA

Contact Us

Click here

Search:

Thanks for everything. We are so happy with Collingham. Our son has learned so much this year. We could not be happier with the teaching or the pastoral care.

(Collingham parent)

University Destinations

Where our students continue their learning:  Oxford, UCL, Bath ...

Click Here

  • Media Centre QUOTE 2

     Thank you so much for all the support, guidance, tolerance and help you have provided to our daughter whilst she was at Collingham.  I am so delighted that her results have enabled her to m...

    16 July 2015