A Level Spanish
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.
What will you be working towards?
||GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
If you have a flair for languages you need look no further than this exciting course to enhance you skills and broaden your Spanish knowledge. Over the two years, you will study a variety of topics, including Hispanic music and cinema, regional identity within Spain, racism, and dictatorships in the Spanish-speaking world, whilst honing your four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will also read two literary texts, one a contemporary Spanish novel, learning to discuss and analyse these in essays. The speaking exam, as well as featuring the topics covered over the two years, also includes a presentation by you on a Hispanic topic of your choice. You will begin your research at the end of Year 12, aiming to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of your chosen subject.
The content of the course has a focus on how Spanish-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally and how it continues to change. In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of Spanish-speaking countries. In the second year further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on matters associated with multiculturalism. Students also study aspects of the political landscape including the future of political life in the Hispanic world by focusing on young people and their political engagement. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where Spanish is spoken, and their language skills. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in Spanish.
How will it be delivered?
The Spanish course is assessed by three examinations at the end of the course:
Paper 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing
This examination is 2 hours 30 minutes in duration and comprises 50% of the A Level. It requires you to listen and respond to questions in the Target Language, read and respond to questions in the Target Language, and translations from and into the Target Language.
Paper 2 - Writing
This examination is 2 hours in duration and comprises 20% of the A Level. It requires you to answer two essay questions on two texts that you will have studied.
Paper 3 - Speaking
The Speaking component comprises 30% of the A Level. It involves discussion of one of the themes studied based on a stimulus card, lasting 5-6 minutes. It also involves a presentation lasting 2 minutes, and discussion, lasting 9–10 minutes, based on the individual research project.
GCSE Level 6 in Spanish
Sixth Form entry also requires:
• GCSE Level 5 in English and Mathematics
• Four other GCSE’s at Level 5
Your next steps...
Languages students can go on to study Languages at university – one or more, possibly alongside another subject. Universities often offer options to keep a language going as a minor subject alongside others, such a Business or Law. Travelling or working abroad is also a possibility. The ability to speak another language is a skill greatly valued by employers in many industries, opening up opportunities locally and further afield.