Studying a language at A Level opens up a world of opportunities and with the growing trend towards globalisation and transitory workforces, proficiency in a foreign language has never been so important.
Foreign Language Leader Award
Students will develop their fluency and understanding of their chosen language, as well as developing deeper understanding of historical, cultural, social and political issues that affect people around the globe.
Highcliffe’s Modern Foreign Languages Department is extremely well-equipped with two purpose built language laboratories (with one specifically for Sixth Form). In preparation for life at university, we have a strong emphasis on encouraging independent learning away from the classroom. For example, we subscribe to several language websites and magazines and encourage students to take advantage of this. Students are expected to reflect on their own learning and are regularly challenged to think about grammatical concepts as well as define their own views on important issues.
Having another language can increase your salary by 8 - 20% (CILT) and opens up a whole range of career opportunities, whether you are looking to work in law, education, business, tourism or government, to name but a few areas. A Level languages also complement many other A Level choices and further enhance your opportunities at degree level and beyond. In recent years several of our students have continued their language studies at some of the country’s top universities. Some chose to study languages with another specialism, such as Law or Economics, opening a gateway to a whole plethora of careers.
My favourite subjects are French and Spanish, because we have the opportunity to go abroad and we study a range of topics. Studying the media, culture and health in a foreign language really appeals to me. My week of work experience in Nantes, France, this year helped me to finalise what I want to do as a career. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Secondary School and Highcliffe’s support with arranging the work experience was great.
French and Spanish student
Opportunities to extend and deepen learning
Studying languages at Highcliffe Sixth Form offers a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities. Sixth Form students have the opportunity to travel to countries where their chosen language is spoken. Recent trips have included a Spanish trip to Barcelona and a French work experience trip to Normandy, where students spent a week perfecting their language skills.
Many of our linguists also choose to study the Foreign Language Leader Award. This lunchtime class provides students with the skills needed to teach languages to younger pupils with the eventual aim of teaching a lesson to Year 7 or primary students. These students also help out with many trips and activities for younger students, providing excellent experience for their university applications.
Sixth Form students are also given many other opportunities in the Modern Foreign Languages Department. Recently students have had the opportunity to take part in South West Routes into Languages Speaking Competition, the European Union Translation Competition and the Highcliffe Primary Languages Festival amongst many others.
People who study History are great problems solvers. They can apply the lessons from the past to problems of the present whether in industry, media, science or politics. They develop excellent analytical skills which are highly valued by top employers. They can independently investigate and evaluate situations as History develops thinking skills. They are also excellent communicators both on paper and orally. History teaches you to be able to present your ideas well and to argue a case effectively. People who have studied history have gone onto careers such as law, marketing, advertising and public relations. They are also found as researchers, administrators or managers in many companies.
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This Spring half-term took on an international feel with our Japanese friends visiting our school for their annual exchange trip.
The second half of the Spring term has been incredibly exciting, eventful and enriching with our inaugural trip to Iceland for our Biology and Geography students.
This has been a hugely successful year for the boys’ football, with numerous students being fully committed and involved to their teams.
Our Sixth Form Geography and Biology students experience the natural wonders of Iceland!
Last week, Highcliffe School welcomed 14 students and two members of staff from our Japanese partner school, Johoku High School for Boys in Hiroshima.
On Saturday 25th March, Highcliffe School opened it’s doors to the Christchurch branch of Cancer Research UK for their annual fund raising Barn Dance.
Year 5 students from our feeder schools experience Japanese culture and study with our friends from Hiroshima.