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AS/A2 LEVEL SPANISH at Plantsbrook School

Course description

AQA Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Spanish

Course content

 

There are four topic areas to be covered at AS Level and four topic areas at A2 Level.  At AS, the course has been designed to take into account the likely linguistic knowledge of students who have only recently completed a Spanish GCSE.  It is envisaged that the topics will engage and motivate them. 

 

The AS topics are:

 

  1. Media:

§  Television

§  Advertising

§  Communication Technology

 

  1. Popular Culture:

§  Cinema

§  Music

§  Fashion/Trends

 

  1. Healthy Living/Lifestyle:

§  Sport/Exercise

§  Health and well-being

§  Holidays

 

  1. Family/Relationships:

§  Relationships within the family

§  Friendships

§  Marriage/Partnerships

The topic content for A2 Level is:-

 

  1. Environment:

§  Pollution

§  Energy

§  Protecting the Planet

 

  1. The Multicultural Society:

§  Immigration

§  Integration

§  Racism

 

  1. Contemporary Social Issues:

§  Wealth and Poverty

§  Law and Order

§  The impact of scientific and technological progress

 


  1. Cultural Topic:

There is a choice of studying two topics from the following list:

§  A target language-speaking region/community

§  A period of 20th century history from a target language–speaking country/community

§  The work of an author from a target language speaking country/community

§  The work of a dramatist/poet from a target language–speaking country/community

The work of a director/architect/musician/painter from a target language–speaking country/community.

Entry requirements

It is recommended that students wishing to study Spanish at AS/A2 level should have gained a minimum of Grade B at GCSE.  An interest and enthusiasm for the language and a wish to find out more about the country and culture are essential.  At this level students must be prepared to meet the necessary intellectual challenges and have a commitment to meet work deadlines.

Assessment

 

Quality of language at AS Level will be assessed mainly through the written task in Unit 1 and in the speaking test.  The speaking test has been enhanced by the removal of the presentation at AS Level, thus allowing students to concentrate on developing their oral fluency and conversation skills.  The AS assessment units are:

 

Unit 1 Listening, Reading and Writing

This is a 2 hour written paper worth 35% of the total A Level (AS and A2) marks.  Candidates will answer a range of questions based on approximately 5 minutes of heard material and on a selection of written texts.  They will also respond in writing to a question based on one of the AS topics from a choice of 3.

 

Unit 2  Speaking Test

This test lasts for 35 minutes, including 20 minutes preparation time and it is worth 15% of the total A Level marks.   Candidates will discuss a target-language stimulus card, based on one of the AS topics and take part in a conversation covering three further AS topics.

 

The A2 assessment units are:

 

Unit 3  Listening, Reading and Writing

This is a 2½ hour written paper, which is worth 35% of the total A Level marks.  Candidates will answer a range of questions based on approximately 6 minutes of heard material and on a selection of written texts.  They will also respond in writing to a question based on one of the four A2 cultural topic areas.  Two questions will be set on each of the areas.

 

Unit 4  Speaking Test

This test lasts for 35 minutes, including 20 minutes preparation time.  It is worth the remaining 15% of the total A Level marks.  Candidates will present a point of view based on a target-language stimulus card from one of the A2 topic areas and take part in a conversation based on two cultural topics they have studied.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Plantsbrook School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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