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Spanish A level at Shoreham Academy

Course description

A Level Spanish helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in the Spanish language and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries where Spanish is spoken. You will develop language-learning skills, the ability to write and speak in Spanish with accurate grammar and syntax and to understand written or spoken Spanish in a variety of contexts and genres. As well as language and subject related skills, a degree in languages develops rich interpersonal, intercultural, cognitive and transferable skills.

Course content

AS Subject Content

Unit 1: listening, reading and essay writing

Unit 2: discuss a given topic, take part in a conversation about 3 other topics

  • Media: TV, Advertising, Communication Technology
  • Popular Culture: Cinema, Music, Fashion/ Trends
  • Healthy Living: Sport, Health & Well-being, Holidays
  • Family: Family, Friends, Marriage/ Partnerships/ Relationships
  • Grammar

A2 Subject Content

Unit 3: listening, reading, translation, cultural topic essay.

Unit 4: make and defend an argument about a given topic. Discuss both cultural topics.

  • Environment: Pollution, Energy, Protecting the planet
  • The Multicultural Society: Immigration, Integration, Racism
  • Contemporary Social Issues: Wealth and Poverty, Law and Order, Impact of scientific and technological progress
  • Two cultural topics
  • Grammar

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade A in Spanish.


Unit 1: listening, reading and writing

  • 70% of AS, 35% of A Level: 110 marks
  • 2 hour written examination

Unit 2: speaking test

  • 30% of AS, 15% of A Level: 50 marks
  • 35 minute speaking test (including 20 minutes preparation)

Unit 3: listening, reading and writing

  • 35% of A Level: 110 marks
  • 2 hours 30 minutes written examination

Unit 4: speaking test

  • 15% of A Level: 50 marks
  • 35 minute speaking test (including 20 minutes preparation)

Future opportunities

A language A level is well-regarded by all universities and makes you a desirable candidate for a range of courses. You may choose to study Spanish or combine Spanish with a huge number of subjects offered as combined courses by many universities. You may also use your language learning knowledge to start a new language. Many employers recognise competence in a foreign language as a desirable skill giving an advantage in a wide range of areas, including business, IT marketing, journalism, advertising, law, Tourism and customer service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shoreham Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 September 2016
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