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Spanish at Ysgol Llanhari

Course description

The course is based on TOPICS. ORAL work constitutes 20% of the course.
An external examiner assesses candidates. In the Reading, Listening and
Writing exam students have control over the CDs, i.e. they can listen as
many times as they wish within a time limit. This paper accounts for 30%
of the course. Skills developed during Key Stage 4 are built on.

Course content

AS: Themes studied are – Leisure and Lifestyles, The Individual in Society
A2: Themes studied are – Environmental Issues, Social and Political Issues
Two items from the Guided Studies Option are also studied.


Candidates may sit the two AS components in June of the first year of the
course, (SN1 and SN2). Unit SN2 may be resat the following January. (The
best result is carried forward). No dictionaries are allowed in external
examinations. The weighting of 50% for AS and 50% for Advanced is
represented in the table below where the total marks for AS and A2 are
158 each. The marks given for each assessment objective (AO) also reflect
the appropriate weighting of each of the three assessment objectives.
SN1 Oral – 12 – 15 minutes (40% of AS, 20% of A2)
SN2 Reading, Listening and responding – 2.5 hours (60% of AS, 30% of A2)
Candidates may sit these two components in May/June of the first year.
Alternatively, some or all of these components can be sat in May/June of
the second year.

SN3 Oral – 15 – 20 minutes (20%)
SN4 Listening, Reading and Responding (3 hours) (30%)
Students are expected to take part in a weekly one hour session with the
Foreign Language “Assistant”.

Future opportunities

Speaking another language can open up a host of opportunities for young
people. You might want to work or study abroad, or simply take an
extended holiday or gap year. Remember, all foreign travel is much more
rewarding (and much less stressful!) if you can communicate with the
local people. You'll find out more about the way they work, their cuisine
and their social lives - and you'll be able to gain an insight into the
country that is much deeper than that of a tourist! Spanish compliments
many subjects because of the numerous opportunities that arise to use
languages in any chosen career. There are so many options available to
you. Here are a few: media, market research, personal assistant, recruiting
agency, interpretor,translator, languages teacher, The Foreign Office, travel
and tourism industry, engineering, marketing, technology, voluntary and
charitable work. Recently some universities have stated that in the near
future, they will require that applicants have studied a MFL at least to
GCSE level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Llanhari directly.

Last updated date: 31 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September