Spanish A level at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College
Learning Spanish teaches you things which you'll find invaluable later when you get into work and private life. Using Spanish to persuade, argue or explain, preparing presentations, for different audiences - all these are vital skills for the workplace. Learning how to interact with Spanish speakers can help you to see things from a range of perspectives - making you more adaptable, creative, and insightful. If you have Spanish at A Level, you will be able to take part of your degree in any of the 21 countries where Spanish is an official language (not to mention the many countries where Spanish is widely spoken) or get work experience abroad or perhaps voluntary or charity. The opportunities are endless!
Linear 2 year A level course: Themes:
- Social issues and trends
- Aspects of Hispanic-speaking society: current trends
- Political, Intellectual/Artistic areas of interest
- 1 Book & 1 Film
Minimum 6 GCSEs at grade A*- C including English Language and Spanish
Regular attendance and punctuality are essential.
It is helpful to have an interest in current affairs.
Regular attendance in support classes in small groups (1 – 3 students): these are compulsory sessions set on top of the 5 weekly lessons in view of helping students who have difficulty with Spanish.
Learners are assessed regularly using past question papers with a range of exercises.
Progress is recorded in the college markbook system and is accessible by all students on the portal.
Mock exams take place in the Spring.
Homework is provided every day and AQA standardization is used for marking. There is no coursework for Spanish but one individual research project in order to present and discuss in the speaking assessment.
We work using authentic sources, including online. Essay questions are based on the book & the film (2 essays of minimum 300 words).
Studying Spanish will allow you to communicate with more than 495 million people worldwide. Knowing Spanish will also greatly increase your employment options with many of the world's leading economies demanding Spanish speakers. In today's multilingual world what you'll need is the ability to spot opportunities or problems that the monolingual won't be aware of. You'll be surprised how much you can do, and how your fluency will increase with practice.
Learning Spanish at A2 level will open doors to new job opportunities and trade internationally. Latin American countries have been experiencing strong economic growth. Also the Hispanic culture continues to have global impact on culture, architecture, art, literature and Hispanic actors and singers are gaining worldwide recognition and fame.
Jobs from receptionist to top level management need language skills. The A2 Spanish course will improve the quality of your life and your understanding of how other people live and think. David Beckham: It will be important for me to express myself In Spanish.... I’ll make a real effort because it will help me to integrate.
Students have computer access to Gramma Animo by Oxford University press for more practice individually, and as a whole class.
Multimedia learning materials are available on the college network.
During the course students are expected to watch Spanish TV programs and films relate to the topics of study at As/A2: El Bola, 8 Apellidos vascos, la Lengua de las mariposas, Volver and more.
Visits to events at, for example, at the Spanish Institute Cervantes: The Cervantes Institute was founded by the Spanish government in 1991 with the purpose of promoting and diffusing the Spanish language and Spanish and Latin-American culture in general.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.