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AS Level Spanish at The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy

Course description

For AS level, language students work on two modules which are assessed in Unit one and Unit two at the end of the first year. They contain a range of contemporary and cultural topics based on Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living and Family Relationships. For the A2 component, two further modules are studied. The topics at this level are a little more demanding than those at AS, and include students researching 2 cultural topics of their choice.. Both courses emphasise the four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) with which all students will be familiar from their GCSE studies. In both AS and A2 there is an oral examination. Skills and attributes that students need to be successful: Students need a sound command of the language, which entails having a wide vocabulary and a grasp of grammatical structures. They need to develop an interest in contemporary issues and past events related to the language of study. They will need analytical skills to cope with grammar. So as to broaden their linguistic and cultural interests, students should ideally be prepared to take part in the county exchange or work experience abroad. What students do after successful completion? Some students go on to study languages at University. Many opt for vocational courses with a foreign language. Some combine a foreign language at degree level with an unrelated subject such as a science or business studies. Others go directly into employment. As members of the EU, employers value highly competence in a foreign language. Modern Languages is useful for careers in teaching, translation, the travel industry, journalism, customs and all businesses involved with exporting and importing goods and services.

Entry requirements

Students should fulfil the general entry requirements to study A levels at the Academy, including a B or above at GCSE level in their language of choice.

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Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Spanish, which could lead you onto higher education to study Spanish, Languages or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job requiring a knowledge of Spanish or Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your Spanish to study or work over in Spain. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector. You could take this course with other advanced level course or equivalent to prepare for higher education in Spanish, Languages or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job requiring a knowledge of Spanish or Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your Spanish to study or work over in Spain. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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