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A Level : Spanish at Melton Vale Sixth Form College

Course description

This A-level builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It promotes a range of valuable transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity. The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or further study, including a modern languages degree.

The focus is on how Spanish-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally and how it continues to change.  Students will study aspects of the social context, together with aspects of the artistic life of Spanish-speaking countries.  Students also study aspects of the social background focusing on matters associated with multiculturalism.  Aspects of the political landscape including the future of political life in the Hispanic world by focusing on young people and their political engagement are also studied.

Spanish is a desirable support to all other areas of study. Increasingly, job opportunities are enhanced if you can show the ability to learn a foreign language to an advanced level. Many universities offer double honours degree which include Spanish (e.g. Law and Spanish, Business and Spanish). Some universities offer modules of Spanish alongside the main subject e.g. English with Spanish, Biology with Spanish. Some offer placements in Spain as part of the course.

 

Course content

This A-level builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It promotes a range of valuable transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity. The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or further study, including a modern languages degree.

The focus is on how Spanish-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally and how it continues to change.  Students will study aspects of the social context, together with aspects of the artistic life of Spanish-speaking countries.  Students also study aspects of the social background focusing on matters associated with multiculturalism.  Aspects of the political landscape including the future of political life in the Hispanic world by focusing on young people and their political engagement are also studied.

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where Spanish is spoken, and their language skills. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in Spanish.

The choice of works (literary texts and films) offers opportunities to link with the themes studied.

Spanish is a useful subject to have alongside any other combination of subjects you are taking. You can watch Spanish TV and radio programmes on line at TVE.ES and complete a wide variety of interactive activities or complete the exercises at languagesonline.org.uk The Spanish page on our Virtual Learning Environment is full of reading, listening and interactive resources which you can access from home.

Entry requirements

MV16 Minimum Requirements:
To study A-Levels at MV16 you must have achieved a minimum of grade 4+ in GCSE English and Maths, plus 3 grade 6's or B's in other subject areas including any subject-specific entry requirements where stated on the individual subject pages.

Spanish - Subject-specific requirements:
In addition to the MV16 minimum entry requirements you will need a minimum of grade 6 or B in GCSE Spanish to study GCE A-level Spanish at MV16.

Assessment

Paper 1 - Listening, reading and writing - 2 ½ hours - 40% of A-level
No access to a dictionary during the assessment.

  1. paper is split into 3 areas:
    Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts. Students will have individual control of the recording. Studio recordings in Castilian Spanish will be used and students will have individual control of the recording. All questions are in Spanish, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in Spanish (60 marks)

Reading and responding to a variety of texts.
All questions are in Spanish, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in Spanish (60 marks)

Writing:

Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words (20 marks)

Translation into Spanish; a passage of minimum 100 words (20 marks).

Paper 2 - Writing - 2 hours - 30% of A-level
No access to a dictionary during the assessment.
No access to texts or films during the assessment.

There will be two essays to write on set questions based on a book or film. Students are advised to write approximately 300-500 words per essay.

Either one question in Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions
plus one question in Spanish on a set film from a choice of two questions
OR

Two questions in Spanish on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.

Paper 3 - Speaking - 21 to 23 minutes - 30% of A-level
No access to a dictionary during the assessment (including 5 minutes preparation).
Students may take the assessment only once before certification.

Oral exam: 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes’ preparation time)

Questions:

Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5-6 minutes). The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test (25 marks).

Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9-10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).

Future opportunities

Where can this subject lead?
Spanish is a desirable support to all other areas of study.  Increasingly, job opportunities are enhanced if you can show the ability to learn a foreign language to an advanced level.  Many universities offer double honours degree which include Spanish (e.g. Law and Spanish, Business and Spanish).  Some universities offer modules of Spanish alongside the main subject e.g. English with Spanish, Biology with Spanish.  Some offer placements in Spain as part of the course.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Mrs S Mahoney on 01664 504750, email contactus@mv16.org.uk or visit our website www.mv16.org.uk.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Melton Vale Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Sa
  • Web url: www.mv16.org.uk

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mrs S Mahoney
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01664 504750
    • Email address:
    • contactus@mv16.org.uk

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