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Spanish AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at St Christopher School

Course description

You will have the opportunity to discuss contemporary issues in Spanish and enrich your knowledge of Spanish culture and civilization.  At the end of the course your good linguistic skills and deeper understanding of the Spanish-speaking countries will make you a valuable and interesting partner for discussion.

Spanish is an increasingly popular language, spoken by 350 million people in the world.  Not only Spain but also Central and South America offer huge economic potential.  Therefore choosing Spanish is a way of having more than one string to your bow.

Course content

AS Level Spanish (OCR specification H092)

Unit 1
Spanish Comprehension

Unit 2
Writing 

Unit 3
Speaking

A Level Spanish (OCR specification H492)

Unit 1
Spanish Comprehension

Unit 2
Writing

Unit 3
Speaking

Entry requirements

Grade A or B at GCSE is essential.  You will have to be ready to read a lot (newspaper articles, literature etc.) in order to deepen your knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures.  You will have to be prepared to learn grammatical concepts essential to make your writing richer and more like that of a native speaker.

All four skills (listening/reading/speaking/writing) will be assessed at AS and A Level.

Knowledge and understanding of the culture and society of the countries and communities where the target language is spoken will also be assessed.

Areas of Study from two broad themes:

-        Social issues and trends

-        Political, artistic and intellectual culture.

At AS, learners will be required to study one film or a literary work from a prescribed list and to respond critically to it in writing in the target language. At A Level, learners will be required to respond critically and analytically to two of them (one has to be a literary work.)

At both AS and A Level will be required to translate both from and into the target language.

One of the sections of the Speaking unit at A Level will be a research-based project into an aspect of the target language culture.

Assessment

The teaching will be more formal for the learning of grammar, as good linguistic skills will enhance your communicative ability.  It will involve video and listening comprehension as well as group discussions, discussions led by individual students about current issues and literature.  There will also be personal use of the Internet for research and communication and one-to-one sessions with a teacher.

Through our exchange programme with a Spanish school in Alcoy, you will have the opportunity to spend a period of time in Spain towards the end of the Lower Sixth year or in holiday time.  There is also a language assistant (native speaker) who provides one-to-one practice and support.

Financial information

Fees will be payable for this course. Further details regarding scholarships, bursaries and exact fees are available on the website.

Future opportunities

Within the modern world there is an increasing emphasis in business on fluency in a European language, so knowledge of Spanish will be helpful in both business and other global contexts.

Further information

Please be aware that St Chris Sixth Form is a fee-paying independent provider.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Christopher School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2016
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