Spanish A level builds on the language skills you acquired while studying for GCSE. This course will help you become more fluent and more knowledgeable about current affairs and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. You will be taught using a range of resources including published multi-media materials, magazines and authentic, online resources. Your Spanish will improve through regular focused teaching, supported by weekly tutorials with the Spanish Language Assistant.
Aspects of Hispanic society
- Modern and traditional values
- Equal rights
- Literary Texts and films
Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
- Modern day idols
- Spanish regional identity
- Cultural heritage
Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
- Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
- Monarchies and dictatorships
- Popular movements
- Literary text and film
If you study Spanish you will develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning in a variety of contexts and genres. You will be able to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes. You will develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where Spanish is spoken and be able to consider their study of the language in a broader context.
Applications are considered on an individual basis but subject areas have their own entry requirements. As a guide you will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum of the following:
Level 3 courses - a good range of GCSEs at 4 - 9 including a grade 4 in English and Maths or the equivalent at BTEC level.
Level 2 courses - 2 grade 3s at GCSE
Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:
Ideally you will have a grade 6 at GCSE level in Spanish. You will need to be prepared to work hard and be brave enough to speak in Spanish so that you can improve your spoken language.
This year, you will follow the AQA specification and will sit your exams at the end of the two year course.
There will be three examinations:
· Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (100 marks- 50% of A Level)
· Paper 2: Writing (80 marks – 20% of A Level)
· Paper 3: Speaking (60 marks – 30% of A Level)
A level Spanish is a requirement for going on to take a degree in Spanish. Being proficient in a second language gives a real boost to your career prospects. In an increasingly competitive job market, a qualification in a foreign language can make you stand out from the crowd. Specialist language occupations include working as a translator, interpreter or language teacher. However, with globalization, a qualification in a language can also be advantageous in pursuing careers in areas you might not have thought of. These include tourism, entertainment, public relations and mass communication, international organisations, embassies, diplomatic service and publishing. The possibilities are endless.