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Spanish AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

The Spanish A level course enables you to build on previous GCSE knowledge in a logical and rewarding way, applying transferable skills in critical thinking and analysis. The course will provide you with inspiring and engaging themes and content which provide clear links to some of the most fundamental and richly diverse aspects of contemporary Spanish culture and society. Popular literary texts and films are also studied during the course offering a further dimension of study into the wider Spanish-speaking world. This course rewards creativity and assessments place an emphasis on spontaneity and grammar as well as providing plenty of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently and creatively.

Course content

Year 1

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across both themes: Society and Politics and the Arts in Spanish culture.

Assessment Information

40% of the qualification Listening exam: students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources. Reading: a variety of text types and genres will be used to assess students’ reading comprehension ability. Translation: Students will be required to translate an unseen passage from Spanish into English.

Paper 2: Written response to work, grammar and translation

This paper requires students to translate a previously unseen passage and complete a grammar exercise based on one of the two themes. It also draws on the study of a Spanish literary text.

Assessment Information

30% of the qualification Students translate an unseen passage from English into Spanish followed by a grammar exercise. Students select one questions from a choice of two on the literary text.

Paper 3: Speaking

Students have two tasks to complete within 12-15 minutes with 15 minutes preparation time. The first task requires students to read and respond to two short texts based on the Theme ‘la evolución de la sociedad española’ and then hold a discussion. Task 2 is based on a discussion from the Theme ‘la cultura política y artística en el mundo de habla española’.

Assessment Information

30% of the qualification Students will be assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively, summarise and understand written sources in speech, manipulate language accurately and show knowledge and understanding about the culture and society where the language is spoken.

Year 2

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation

This written examination draws on vocabulary and structures across all four Themes of the A level course: Society, Politics and the Arts, Immigration and The Franco Dictatorship and the transition to democracy.

Assessment Information

40% of the qualification Listening exam: students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources. Reading: a variety of text types and genres will be used to assess students’ reading comprehension ability. Translation: Students will be required to translate an unseen passage from Spanish into English.

Paper 2: Written response to works and translation

This paper draws on the study of a Spanish film and a literary text.

Assessment Information

30% of the qualification Students translate an unseen passage from English into Spanish, write an extended response to a question on a literary text and write an extended response to a question based on a film.

Paper 3: Speaking

Students have two tasks to complete within 16-18 minutes with 5 minutes preparation time. Students will discuss one theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing two different statements. The second task allows students to present a summary of the key findings of the written sources they have used for their independent research and answer questions on this followed by a wider discussion on their chosen area of research.

Assessment Information

30% of the qualification Students will be assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively, summarise and analyse findings, manipulate language and show knowledge and understanding about the culture and society where the language is spoken.

Entry requirements

A* - B in GCSE Spanish

Assessment

See Course Content for full assessment information.

Future opportunities

Spanish A Level can lead to university study in modern foreign languages, either on its own or in combination with another language or subject, for example Law, Engineering, History, Geography, Art and Media. A Level Language courses are highly respected by university admission tutors and potential employers, and may lead to overseas work and travel amongst other things.

Further information

The course combines well with many AS and A level subjects, including English courses, History, Geography, Art, Law, Mathematics, Biology, Music, Drama and Theatre Studies and Film Studies.

Student Views

“A level improves your confidence in speaking and understanding Spanish so much, as well as giving you an opportunity to learn a bit about Spanish culture through film which is really interesting”. (Lydia Masters, A2 student)

“Spanish at A level is not only a really enjoyable and interesting subject to learn, it is also a unique skill to have”. (Emily Foley, A2 student)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year AS Level / 2 years A2 Level
  • Course code: Edexcel 8SP0 / 9SPO
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
    • Email address:
    • hholmes@heathfieldcc.co.uk

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