Modern Languages - Spanish AS/A2 Level at Aylesbury High School
Languages are fun, broaden your horizons, develop your communication skills and enhance your job prospects.
In today’s employment market, English is not enough. A recent survey found 75% of British employers want language skills. The main demand is still for European languages but many ambitious employers hoping to break into new markets are also interested in Chinese, Japanese and many others.
Universities have exciting courses combining languages with other subjects and many offer places on non-language courses to applicants with language skills as they "stand out in the crowd".
Most lessons are conducted in the target language and, in order to achieve highly, students need to respond in the language as much as possible. However, demands made at the beginning of Year 12 are deliberately designed to lead you into different skills fairly gently as there is a marked difference between the level achieved at GCSE and Sixth Form work.
The complex nature of ideas discussed for AS/A Level requires a precise approach to grammar and a high degree of written accuracy.
Two teachers share the 8 lessons allocated and Year 12 work concentrates on language skills. The emphasis is on the acquisition of a wide vocabulary through topic work as well as more grammatical structures. Speaking and listening skills are equally important and lessons are conducted in the foreign language as far as possible. In the 9th lesson a native speaker helps you to develop fluency in conversation classes.
In Year 13, the skills are extended and in an additional unit you will study aspects of the culture of the country.
We strongly recommend you to spend at least 2 weeks in the appropriate foreign country.
French, German and Spanish exchanges or visits are normally organised in Year 12.
You need to have achieved at least a grade B at GCSE in your chosen language. A love of languages and an enquiring mind are also essential.
Two units are taken at the end of Year 12 in Listening, Reading and Writing, and an Oral unit.
The Year 13 units cover the same skills.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aylesbury High School directly.