The course is made up of one compulsory 80 hour unit and one 40 hour unit chosen from two options. Each centre will decide, in the light of the expertise of staff and the interests of the students, which of the options to offer, or whether both should be made available. It is not necessary for you to follow the same option as you studied at Higher level.
Language (80 hours)
This unit builds on your prior learning and develops all language skills for use in a range of purposes. The content of the unit is defined in three main themes:
Personal, social and cultural issues
- patterns of family life
- media and the arts.
Topical and cultural issues
- European issues
- issues relating to countries where the language is spoken.
Throughout the unit, you will have the opportunity to use your speaking and writing skills in discussion and debate on these issues.
Extended Reading / Viewing or Language in Work (40 hours)
These units are designed to enable you to develop particular language skills in line with your personal or vocational needs and interests.
Extended Reading / Viewing provides the opportunity to extend your reading of literary texts, with or without the related videos or films.
Language in Work uses source material from texts on sectors of business and industry such as Tourism, Information Technology or Business Studies.