Spanish - A Level
Special Entry Requirements:
In addition to the A Level entry requirements you will need grade 5 in GCSE Spanish and grade 5 in GCSE English Language.
Please let us know if you do not have a GCSE qualification and want to tell us about your individual situation. If you sat your GCSE in Spanish early, you should contact us for a ‘refresher’ pack.
It is becoming increasingly important to understand as well as to speak and write confidently in a second language and there are many career opportunities open to those who wish to combine a study of a foreign language alongside another subject. There is no doubt that the ability to communicate well in a foreign language increases self-confidence. Also, it is very impressive and it unlocks doors to a world of new experiences and makes you very desirable as a possible employee. The aim of the AS and A Level in Spanish is to increase and expand your knowledge and understanding of the language and way of life of countries where it is spoken. This will be done in a topical and flexible way, with the aim that you will be able communicate clearly with others.
Spanish A Level Transition Pack– We have created a transition pack on our website to show you the kind of work that you will be doing at level 3 and to help you prepare for September.
The course in the Lower Sixth covers the themes of: Traditional and Modern Values; Cyberspace; Sex Equality; The Influence of Idols (singers, musicians, TV and film stars etc.); Regional Identity in Spain; Cultural Heritage in the context of Spain and other countries where Spanish is spoken. This course builds on those topics covered at GCSE level and will improve your reading and listening with a greater understanding of grammar. Also, you will be able to write and speak Spanish with much more confidence.
The Upper Sixth continues to develop your skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through the wider social and cultural topics of: Immigration; Racism; Cultures Living Together; Young People Today; Monarchy and Dictatorships; Popular Movements.
In both AS and A2 courses, you will learn by using the Internet, our Languages ICT suite, through group and individual listening activities, role play, memorising, tasks to develop your reading skills and, especially, through conversation in a small group with a native Spanish speaker. You will read and listen to a variety of texts, including stories, magazines, newspaper articles, podcasts and YouTube and have opportunities to take part in a Spanish cultural trip to Malaga. Creative work may include acting, writing letters or stories and making recordings. Our most successful students enjoy listening to and reading Spanish in their own time.
Please note that the Syllabus and Examination Board are the same for Spanish, French and German and therefore topics do overlap. We follow the AQA specification and there is no coursework.
In the Lower Sixth, there is a speaking exam, a listening/reading/writing exam and an essay writing exam. You have individual control of an MP3 player. The speaking test consists of discussing issues given on a card, which develops into an open-ended conversation based on the topics covered in the course. In the Upper Sixth the same skills are assessed through three exams, and you will be questioned on your Cultural Topics and asked to give and defend your point of view. Regular monitoring of your work keeps you informed with how you are doing. You will learn in a friendly and relaxed yet challenging atmosphere and we help you to do your best.
Students of foreign languages are in demand and find it easier to find employment. There are opportunities, not just in the specific sphere of linguistic study, but also in combination with other subject areas: Law, Business Studies, Economics and the media. Companies and employers are also interested in the transferable skills acquired by students of languages: travel, tourism, teaching, interpreting, translating are specific careers, but an advanced knowledge of languages can open doors for you in ANY career – not just through using it or working in that country, but also because of the general skills which you will have developed through studying them. Statistics [provided by University of Leeds and University of Bangor] show that students with a degree in languages are amongst those with the best job prospects on leaving university. In fact, nearly three quarters of employers actively recruit new staff with an ability to speak a second or third language. [CILT]Many past students have gone on to study Spanish at University and are now using their language skills in their careers.