Spanish Cambridge Pre U *FEES PAYABLE* at Canford School
Complementing the sciences (social and natural), the humanities, and,
naturally, other languages (including Latin), the Pre-U course which we offer
in the Sixth Form encourages exploration of these wonders, reflecting our
strong departmental specialisation in social, political and cultural issues from
across the Spanish-speaking world. Pre-U offers a better preparation than
A-level in this subject for pupils who want to apply successfully to degree
courses involving Spanish at the UK’s top universities. It involves only one,
terminal exam at the end of the Upper Sixth rather than a series of modular
units (although a ‘Short Course’ exam is available at the end of the Lower
Sixth for those who decide to drop Spanish after one year or who want a
The Lower Sixth year is therefore an opportunity to develop a love for, and
interest in, Hispanic culture and language. We use it to give pupils an
overview of the Spanish-speaking world and the issues that define it. We
examine aspects of South America, its political system and history, Franco,
the democratic transition, the EU, and the cinema of Almodóvar. Later, we
develop cultural topics in more detail, including studying social issues across
the Spanish-speaking world and reading a García Márquez novel.
The language focus of the first term is consolidation of the verb tenses
initially covered pre-GCSE. We then embark on studying the subjunctive,
the main new feature of Spanish at sixth form level. The course content
emphasises educating pupils about what is happening in the Spanish-speaking
world during their sixth form years. Sources include Spanish-language TV, newspapers, the internet, and magazines. Speaking skills are developed in
conversation classes with our Spanish and/or Latin American teachers.
By the end of the two-year Pre-U course, pupils will have:
researched a topic relating to the history, current affairs or culture of a
Spanish-speaking country for oral presentation and discussion.
read widely from a range of sources to enable them to handle a
variety of topics in reading, listening and writing exams.
mastered key grammar points, including verb usage, for the
grammatical section of the exam.
developed the skill to write at an advanced level (in Spanish) about
cultural topics and (in English) about a literary text.
The Pre-U course offers pupils a tremendous scope – e.g. history, literature,
politics, cinema, drama, and art – just as undergraduates are able to do at
university. Pre-U Spanish is also greatly enriched by the opportunity to take
part in school trips to Argentina, Chile or Spain.
In summary, we use Spanish to discover and gain access to peoples, cultures,
and new perspectives on life. Over the last six years, our Spanish Sixth
Form course has inspired more than half of those who have completed it to
continue Spanish to degree level at good universities – a high proportion by
any standards. A Modern Language qualification is indeed highly respected
by universities and employers, and a language is frequently combined with
another arts, social science, or humanities subject at university level.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Canford School directly.