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Spanish IB Ab Initio Standard Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

The IB language ab initio course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken. This process encourages the learner to go beyond the confines of the classroom, expanding an awareness of the world and fostering respect for cultural diversity.
The language ab initio course develops students’ linguistic abilities through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills by providing them opportunities to respond and interact appropriately in a defined range of everyday
Language ab initio is available at standard level only.
The aims of the language ab initio course are to:
• develop students’ intercultural understanding
• enable students to understand and use the language they have
studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes
• encourage, through the study of texts and through social interaction,
an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives
of people from other cultures
• develop students’ awareness of the role of language in relation to
other areas of knowledge
• develop students’ awareness of the relationship between the languages
and cultures with which they are familiar
• provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure
through the use of an additional language
• provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual
stimulation through knowledge of an additional language.

Course content

Course content

You will learn how to use the language in a variety of different registers, developing the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will also gain intercultural competence. This course will enable you to communicate effectively in a language of which you have little or no experience.


Below are examples of the topics and grammar points covered. It is a selection and there are more:


Individual and society

Appearance and character

Daily routines


Food and drink

Physical health



(In alphabetical order)

Adjectival agreement




Conditional tense

Future tense




Modal verbs


Past tense




Present tense

Reflexive verbs


Syntax; phonics – pronunciation, spelling

Verbal aspects

Leisure and work








Urban and rural environment


Environmental concerns


Physical geography

Town and services



Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.
IB students take six subjects in total which consists of three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level. 
For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths, Chemistry and Physics only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths and Science. 
Further information about entry requirements can be found in our  prospectus or on the website. Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge.
If you are applying for the International Baccalaureate, you need to choose six subjects, from a range of different subject areas. For information can be found in our prospectus.
A paper copy of the prospectus can be obtained by phoning the Sixth Form Administrator on 01223 712600.


Having followed the language ab initio standard level course, students
will be assessed on their ability to:
• demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the intercultural elements related to the prescribed topics
• communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations
• understand and use accurately the basic structures of the language
• understand and use an appropriate range of vocabulary
• use a register and a format that are appropriate to the situation.

Further information

This course wil be taught in conjunction with Impington Village College

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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