Spanish A Level *Fees Payable* at Rochester Independent College
Exam Board: Edexcel
Unit 1 - Expression and Response in Spanish - 10 minute Oral Exam; 15% of the A-level marks
Candidates choose one of the following topics as their preferred focus for the exam:
a. Youth, culture and concerns
b. Lifestyle health and fitness
c. The world around us; travel, tourism, environmental issues
d. Education and employment.
Unit 2 - Understanding and Written Response - 2 ½ hours , listening, reading and writing; 35% of total marks.
The content of the exam is based on all four of the above topic areas and is in three sections:
Section A - Listening Comprehension.
Students listen to a range of pre-recorded authentic Spanish material. They will have individual control of the recording and may stop and replay sections as they wish to respond to a range of questions.
Section B - Reading Comprehension.
Students read authentic printed material in Spanish and demonstrate understanding by responding to a range of reading comprehension exercises.
Section C - Writing.
Students write 220-240 words in Spanish in the form of a letter, report or article in response to a short printed stimulus (e.g. advert, article blog).They must respond to 4-6 linked bullet points to demonstrate their ability to communicate accurately in the language.
Unit 3 - Understanding and Spoken Response - 12 minute oral exam, debate and discussion; 17.5 % of total marks
In the first part of the exam students have free choice of what they wish to talk about. They need to take a clear stance on any issue of their choice and defend their views in a debate with the examiner (their subject tutor). There then follows a general discussion on any other issues covered during the course.
Unit 4 - Research, Understanding and Written response - 2 ½ hour writing; 32.5% of total marks.
Section A - A short translation of about 80 words from English into Spanish which represents 10% of the marks for this unit
Section B - Students write an essay (240-270 words) in Spanish, choosing one title from a list of seven questions that invite either creative or discursive writing.
Section C - In some ways this has replaced previous coursework. In consultation with their subject tutor, students make a free choice of a topic linked to the target language country, countriesor community, relating to one of the following areas.
a. Geographical Area
b. Historical Study
c. Aspects of Modern Society
d. Literature and the Arts, (text, play or film)
They will research and study their chosen topic, during the course but be assessed in a terminal essay in Unit 4 rather than being required to write coursework on it.
Assessment methods: 100% exams, no coursework.
Overlap with other subjects: A number of the topics available for discussion in Unit 4 clearly link to other disciplines such as Geography, History, Sociology and Film/Media/Literature Studies.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rochester Independent College directly.