• Head of English & Modern Foreign Languages


    Welcome! I’m Robert Jones, and it is my pleasure to welcome you to our Open Event and introduce you to the subjects in English & Modern Foreign Languages. I hope you find all this course information really useful and it helps you feel excited about the future!


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  • Course Leader - English Language

    Nigel Tookey

    Job Title: Advanced Lecturer – English

    University attended: University of East Anglia

    Why should students choose your subject?

    The English language is everywhere – it is the most widely spoken language in the world (when we take account of second language users). This course will give you an understanding of how English spread across the world, how we acquire language as children, how we use it, how it has changed over the years and how diverse its users are! It will improve your ability to communicate effectively and to analyse other people’s language use.

    Where do students progress to after studying your subject?

    A level English language students tend to progress to University and take a wide variety of subjects at degree level, depending on their other A level choices. Those who wish to further their understanding of the subject will take degrees in Linguistics. English graduates enter a wide range of careers – from speech therapist to communications experts.

  • Course Leader - French

    Nick Brownjohn

    Job Title: Course leader for French

    University attended: University of Hull

    Why should students choose your subject?

    Imagine all those conversations you could have with more than 200 million people all over the world whose first language is French. Think about all the career opportunities with France, the world’s fifth economic power, or with key organisations whose official language is French, such as NATO and UNESCO. As Britain forges ahead with its new role in the world, just think how valuable your knowledge of French would be to the UK’s business community. A level French will help prepare you for all of these opportunities by building on your knowledge and skills, taking you well and truly on your journey towards fluency.

    Where do students progress to after studying your subject?

    Students of French progress onto a wide range of university courses and careers. Universities and employers really do value this subject, even if you want to progress to something that doesn’t directly involve French. For example, past students of French have gone on to study medicine, have been accepted into Oxbridge and have secured varied, prestigious jobs in both the business and private sectors.

  • Course Leader - German

    David Jakubovic

    Job Title: Tutor in Modern Foreign Languages (German and French)

    University attended: University of Leeds

    Why should students choose your subject?

    German is a key language of science, technology, business and the arts in Europe, even in eastern Europe where many still do not speak English but do have some German. With 120 million native speakers around the globe, it is the 3rd most popular foreign language taught worldwide and the 2nd most popular in Europe and Japan, after English. Germany has the world’s 3rd strongest economy and is the world’s no.1 export nation, so knowing German creates obvious business opportunities. 4 of the world’s 10 most innovative companies are based in Germany, while the country ranks 3rd in the world for patent applications (13%). German is the 2nd most used language on the internet, plus you have access to the vast cultural contributions to world heritage made by Germans – learning German is sonnenklar (a no-brainer)!

    Where do students progress to after studying your subject?

    Many students progress to H.E. often in language-related degrees, while others end up in careers in marketing, media, local government, retail management and, of course, a few in teaching or interpreting. Language courses are open-ended, yielding unexpected outcomes e.g. some ex-Runshaw Germanists have progressed to science degrees that incorporate German, allowing them to spend time at the CERN labs (Switzerland) or in chemical research facilities in Germany.

  • Course Leader - Spanish

    Laura Gavieiro Agud

    Job Title: Course Leader in Spanish

    University attended: University of Zaragoza and University of Pablo de Olavide (Spain)

    Why should students choose your subject?

    Spanish is growing immensely. It is the second most spoken language by natives and one of the most studied in the world nowadays. Studying Spanish not only gives students the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in the UK by offering new skills but also to be able to go and work in a Spanish-speaking country. Student will not only learn the language in all its skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) but they will also get immersed in the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. A complete, interesting and useful subject! Spanish is the future!

    Where do students progress to after studying your subject?

    Students doing Spanish A Level have a wide study options to choose from due to the versatile nature of the subject. Spanish students tend to do language-related degrees and often get involved in teaching or interpreting; however, others decide to combine it with different subject-degrees and go into marketing, media, business, sciences. Languages in general and Spanish in particular fit with everything!

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