Spanish at Elliott Hudson College
There are now more native Spanish-speakers in the world than those of any other language except Mandarin Chinese (yes, more people have Spanish as their first language than English!)
However, Spanish A-level is much more than just a communication qualification. In fact, it is one of the most diverse courses imaginable, covering everything from Cuban politics to Colombian cinema, Mexican art to Spanish theatre whilst also considering gender stereotypes, the rise of the Internet, racial discrimination, celebrity culture, immigration policy and much more!
This is a course for adventurous students who want the skills that come with learning a foreign language but who also want to discover new ideas and cultures, and look at the world we live in from a different perspective.
Social, Political and Cultural Topics:
The following 12 topics (categorised into 4 broader areas) will be studied as we work on the development of speaking, listening, reading writing and translation skills:
- Modern and traditional values
- Equal rights (gender equality, LGBT rights)
- Modern day idols ( the influemce of celebrities)
- Spanish regional identity(Festivals, food, regional languages)
- Cultural heritage( art/architecture, music, Aztecs/Mayans, Muslim heritages in Spain)
- Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens (Youth engagements with politics)
- Monarchies and dictatorships
- Popular political movements
Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).
If a student is applying for an A Level course that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would attain at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.
Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.
Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.
If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund.
Spanish has the advantage of being both a practical employment skill and a subject which is perceived to be highly academic, meaning that it is much sought after by both universities and employers.
Former languages students choose to deploy their languages skills in a range of rewarding professional contexts, including journalism, law, business, politics and diplomacy. Meanwhile, many other careers are also available specifically for languages graduates, including language teaching (within the UK and abroad), linguistic and cultural research, and translation/interpretation.
Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website www.elliotthudsoncollege.ac.uk.
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.