Spanish A Level at Truro and Penwith College
The course at Truro College will give you the opportunity to build on your knowledge of Spanish that you have acquired at GCSE. One aspect of the course will be to improve your language skills; you will learn vocabulary based on a variety of topic areas as well as grammar rules, which will enable you to make sense of the language and to use the language accurately.
You will develop all four language skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing through a wide range of materials, both inside and outside the classroom. Your lessons will be conducted in specialist language rooms. You will also have access to our Languages Centre, where you can get help with research, homework or any other aspect of your studies. Once a week, you will have a conversation session with one of our Spanish language assistants to help you improve your confidence in speaking. You will also have the opportunity to take part in one of our language visits to Andalucía, in the south of Spain.
The second aspect of your course will be to develop your knowledge of Spanish speaking countries and their culture. You will do this by studying various topics as part of your course, as well as a Spanish language film and book.
At the time of writing, the changes to this specification are still under review, which means that specific topic choices have not yet been finalised. However, we will be able to provide you with this information during all open events at college.
These are the possible topics that you will be studying as part of your course:
- Travel and Exploration
- Working and studying abroad
- Impact on society
- Local economy
- Local culture and festivals
- Youth Culture
- Cultural and musical events
- Digital culture
- Street art
- A Spanish Film
- Diversity and Difference
- Integration / marginalisation
- Cultural enrichment
- The Spanish Civil War
- A Spanish book
You may also take a stand alone AS in this subject.
A minimum of grade B at GCSE Higher Level is required and an interest in Spanish language, grammar and culture is also essential.
Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort including at least 4 hours of independent study time per week. You will learn in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, and your progress will be monitored and assessed regularly by your lecturer.
- You will have regular tests on vocabulary and grammar, as these form the basis for all your studies on this course.
- A variety of weekly homework tasks will be set and assessed in line with exam mark schemes. These will include written work, reading and listening tasks, oral presentations and preparation for discussions.
- You will review your own performance in termly 1:1 sessions with your lecturer.
- You will undertake mock examinations in advance of your final exams.
- You will be formally examined at the end of each year. There will be a written exam and a speaking exam. The exams at the end of the first year will be based on what you have studied during the year. Your exams at the end of the second year will test your knowledge of all topics covered during the two years.
A language qualification is highly valued by universities and employers alike. Spanish can be studied alone or combined with almost any other subject including business, law and science. Spanish is of huge global importance. There are ever increasing opportunities for Spanish speakers to work in Europe and Latin America.
Language graduates have the highest employment rate after students of medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.
We encourage all students to expose themselves to Spanish language and culture as much as possible. We provide various materials for this in our Languages Centre as well as personal support with all aspects of your studies. This includes one-to-one sessions, which focus on a particular aspect that you may want to practise; but also group sessions, such as reading groups, to help you expand your vocabulary.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.