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Spanish A Level at Lawnswood School

Course description

The study of a foreign language at A Level is multi-facetted:  you will be learning the literature, history, culture and contemporary social issues of the countries in which the target language is spoken.

You will have a deeper cultural understanding of a foreign language which can be a great asset in industries such as export, trade, and international marketing. In these fields, workers need to build and maintain solid relationships with foreign partners, and cultural understanding can help workers anticipate foreign clients’ expectations. Indeed, a language qualification can help lead to work in education, translation, interpretation, tourism, trade, PR, communications, and management.

Many government jobs require language skills, particularly in the sectors of immigration and diplomacy. Graduates who leave education with a language qualification earn up to £3-5,000 more than their peers, and they leave education ready to walk confidently into an increasingly multi-national workforce.

Course content

There is no coursework at A level. There are 3 sub-topics to cover and this are related to Spanish-speaking countries:

1. Social issues and trends

2. Artistic culture

3. Grammar

Some example of the topics covered are: Media and Communication, Family and Relationships, Contemporary Social Issues, Holidays, The Environment, Immigration and a text or a literary text.

The full course content is available within the MFL department or on the AQA website.

Entry requirements

5+ in GCSE English, 5+ in GCSE Spanish

Assessment

The final exam consists of three papers:

- Speaking (30%)

- Listening, reading and translation (45%)

- Writing (25%)

 

There is also a researc project about Spanish-speaking countries.

Financial information

Mid sized Dictionary approx £15.00, Grammar Book approx £10.00

Future opportunities

A Spanish A level can lead to a pure language degree including a year abroad, or can be combined with other subjects including business, law, media and international relations. Furthermore it is vital preparation for a growing list of careers that extends beyond the options of the typical association with translating, interpreting and teaching. In the modern day, knowledge of another language besides English can enhance any career opportunity.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 October 2017
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