Spanish A Level at Congleton High School
Why should we learn a foreign language? Is it because our future lies mainly with other European countries? Is it because if we can communicate in English and Spanish we can talk to 2/3rds of the world population? Is it because 70% of companies conduct business with other countries? Is it because we need to understand better other cultures? Or is it because language learning increases our intellectual capacity? Would you like to travel or work in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country and be able to communicate really effectively in Spanish? Are you interested in Hispanic society or culture? Would you like to improve your understanding of Spanish and be able to speak it reasonably fluently?
The study of Spanish enables you to develop as a communicator. It will enable you to develop your overall intellectual capacity and your understanding of other cultures as well as giving you a greater understanding of your own language and culture.
The A level Spanish course is an extension of the GCSE course. It continues to concentrate on the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing but also introduces you to a wider range of vocabulary, an indepth study of the grammar and increased knowledge of culture and society. All of this will enable you to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively, giving your own ideas and opinions on many topics, including controversial political and contemporary issues. You will also be able to study literature and film of Hispanic countries and carry out your own research project on an aspect of your Spanish studies that interests you.
Applicants for Spanish A Level are strongly recommended to have at least a grade B at GCSE.
With increased access to Spanish via satellite TV, the Internet and use of interactive software, students have more opportunities than ever before to work independently on the acquisition of language skills and many students enjoy this aspect of Sixth Form work. Students are also taught in class, developing discussion skills on current issues. Throughout, there is continual reference to and study of the grammar.
The course is assessed via exams at the end of the course.
As well as jobs or courses specialising in language work (translating, interpreting, teaching, linguistics), there is a wide range of jobs where a language can be a real asset, particularly those dealing with South America and Europe. Some of these jobs require school leavers and others require a degree either with or without a Spanish content. Possibilities include secretarial work, the Civil Service, travel and tourism, hotel and catering, journalism, fine art and antiques, law, insurance, marketing, sales, accountancy and distribution (import/export).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Congleton High School directly.