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La Retraithe Sixth Form

Community Languages

Studying Community Languages at the La Retraite 6

Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel, AQA

Why study this course?

This course offers students who speak another language to gain a certificate for their bilingualism. Students who have studied language at A Level go on to have careers in a variety of sectors including teaching, translating, sales and marketing, travel and tourism, journalism, fashion, work in the foreign office or secret service, interpreting and banking.

What will I learn?

Students will be prepared in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing skills. Languages offered for mother tongue speakers:

  • Italian
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Polish.

They will take mock examinations.

How will I be taught?

Students will be taught in 1 period a week after school club.  Students can also attend their Community school on Saturday and have a teacher certifying their attendance.

The parents/guardians need also to support their daughters in preparing for the examination. Mrs Jarrett liaises with parents/guardian to ensure that they know how to support students effectively.

How many hours a week of private study are recommended?

Students are recommended to study approx. 3 hours with parents/guardians.

You’ll enjoy this course if…

You speak the language at home and would like to get a certificate for your bilingualism.


  • A pre mock to check comprehension, strengths, and weaknesses.
  • Mock examinations in December.
  • Regular assessment at the end of each unit covered.
  • Speaking test in April/May and examination as set by the boards.