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A-Level Spanish at Silverdale

Course description

A-Level Spanish : AQA : Explore and develop understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background, political life and heritage of one or more of the countries of communities whose language is being studied. Listen and respond to a variety of authentic texts from authentic sources. Read and respond to a variety of written texts from authentic sources. Demonstrate flexibility when communicating in both speech and writing. Use appropriate registers in both spoken and written communication. Manipulate the foreign language accurately to organise facts and ideas, present explanations, opinions and information in both speech and writing. Understand and apply the grammatical system and a range of structures. Transfer meaning from the foreign language into English and vice versa.

Course content

Year 1 : Candidates are required to study social and cultural life of the Spanish speaking countries, developing their skills in all areas of the language and enhancing their grammar knowledge.

Year 2 : The A-Level modules cover current affairs and social issues in greater depth, and greater emphasis is placed on accuracy and use of language. Candidates will also study elements of Spanish Cinema, Geography, History and Politics.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or above in GCSE Spanish


At the end of the second year of study students will sit an oral exam, a listening, reading and writing examination.

Future opportunities

Access to foreign language degrees and courses which include a language component, eg Business with Spanish, Law with Spanish, Engineering, Biology & Chemistry. Many universities particularly welcome applications from students with language skills in their efforts to establish links with universities across Europe.  Career opportunities including marketing, banking, sales, information technology, teaching and interpreting.

The traditional role of A-Level as a gateway to further study is maintained and extended by this qualification. The A-Level remains the main qualification for gaining entry to courses in Spanish in Higher Education. A-Level Spanish offers possibilities for entry into HE to read for degrees in subjects not always available at school and college level.

Studying A-Level Spanish offers evidence to prospective employers of a significant level of achievement in all language skills, together with evidence of critical insight and a knowledge and understanding of another culture and the place of that culture within European development. Students leaving school to enter employment after gaining an A-Level Language qualification are able to show some evidence of language skills relating to the World of Work.

Further information

You will be taught 5 hours per week shared by 2 teachers. 2 hours oral work per week with the Spanish assistant, divided across the group.

You will be expected to do an average of 5 hours of homework per week.

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: 01 October 2018
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