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Spanish A Level at Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

You will study four main themes during the course. In Year 12, this includes aspects of Hispanic-speaking society and current trends, and artistic culture in the Hispanic-speaking world. You will also study Spanish cinema and choose a film to study for the written exam.

In Year 13, we look at the themes in more detail, expanding on the issues and problems in contemporary Hispanic society and also study political life in the Hispanic-speaking world. There will be an introduction to contemporary Hispanic literature and you will study a novel in Spanish in preparation for the written exam. For the oral exam, you will pick an aspect of the course that has interested you and you will have the opportunity to research it in greater depth to give a presentation to your teacher for your oral exam.

Entry requirements

Students need to work independently and be committed and organised with their time and resources. They should also be willing to use their spoken Spanish wherever possible and take an active part in lessons.


Year 12

Paper 1: Listening, reading and written translation (1hour 45 minutes) 90 marks 45% of AS grade

Paper 2: Written analysis of a text or film (1 hour 30 minutes) 50 marks 25% of AS grade

Paper 3: Oral exam (12-14 minutes) 60 marks 30% of AS grade – a discussion based on two sub-themes with a cultural focus

Year 13

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (2 hours 30 minutes) 100 marks 50% of A-level

Paper 2: Written analysis of one text and one film OR two texts (2 hours) 80 marks 20% of A-level

Paper 3: Oral exam – (2 parts) a discussion of a sub-theme (5-6 minutes) 25 marks and a presentation (2 minutes) and discussion of individual research project (9-10 minutes) 35 marks

Future opportunities

Languages open many doors to the world of work, and helps you develop excellent communication, social, literacy, problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Statistically, linguists can earn up to 20% more than other people.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 March 2017

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