Spanish AS/A2 Level 3 at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
What is the course about?
Spanish is spoken widely throughout the world, not just in Europe but in Latin America and sits in third place after English and Mandarin Chinese as the world’s most spoken language. It is also an official language of many international organisations. If you have an A level in Spanish you will have a highly sought after qualification that will make you one of the forerunners in the job market. You will also develop a number of skills that will benefit your other subjects, making it an excellent partner for many different combinations of A-levels.
Our aim is to increase fluency in the language whilst giving you an understanding of the culture in which the language operates. We look at varied topic areas such as the Spanish Civil War to Hispanic films and literature always basing them in the Spanish speaking world. Having developed an understanding of the basics at GCSE, you will now acquire a more refined understanding of Spanish grammar and a broader vocabulary. By the end of Year 13 you will be in a position to communicate quite fluently and more importantly be able to continue your language skills independently, or at university. Spanish at A-level is challenging, requiring dedication and hard-work. It is also extremely rewarding and opens many doors in the future.
For whom is the course suitable?
In order to study Spanish at A-level you will need to have achieved at least grade 6 at GCSE and have been entered for higher papers. You will need to have an interest in the Spanish speaking world and a desire to develop your language skills. You will also need to be confident that you can develop the necessary independent study skills required at this level.
Teaching Methods and Homework commitment
The main emphasis throughout the two year course is on developing your fluency and accuracy. You will develop a deeper understanding of grammar and also extend your vocabulary. Some teaching is from the front to develop grammatical accuracy and manage debates but there is also more emphasis placed on independent learning. Extensive use is made of online learning. Students can expect to have about five hours homework a week with assignments ranging from vocabulary tests, planning individual and group presentations and preparing material for class debates, grammar exercises and written essays. You will also need to spend a good deal of time reading Spanish magazines and newspapers, watching Spanish films and listening to Spanish music/radio.
Method of Study and Assessment
A Level Course
Aspects of Hispanic Society
including family, equal rights and cyberspace
Artistic Culture in the Hispanic World
including modern day idols and Spanish regional identity
Multiculturalism in Hispanic Society
including immigration and racism
Aspects of Political Life in the Hispanic Society
including dictatorship and monarchies
Spanish Film and Literature
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing— 50% of A level
Paper 2: Writing— 20% of A level
Paper 3: Speaking—-30% of A level
Website URL: For more information please go to http://www.ccgrammarschool.co.uk
See Prospectus on school website for details
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School directly.