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 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 this course, 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.
There are 3 papers at the end of the two year course.