Spanish at Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form
Learning a foreign language is a useful skill in its own right; you are able to communicate with the ‘natives’ when you are abroad and that is very empowering. However, a language can also complement other subjects, whether science-or arts-based, and this means that you can keep your options open for your future studies. You never know where life will take you; you might want to work abroad one day and knowledge of a language would really help you; also, if you are fairly proficient in one language it is much easier to learn a second, or even a third!
The A level courses will give you a deeper understanding of ‘all things Spanish’. Not only will you learn more about the mechanics of the language - grammar and vocabulary - but also about how people live and how they use language in their daily lives. With the new A level specification students study either a book or a film produced by a Hispanic author and director.
You will be required to study topics from each of the following themes:
Aspects of Hispanic-speaking society: current trends
Artistic culture in the Hispanic World.
You will also study:
One book or film
The grammar appropriate to AS level
You will be required to study:
Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
Aspects of political life in Hispanic society
Either a second book or a film if a book was chosen for AS level (at least one book must be read)
Research into a topic of personal interest to discuss in the speaking exam
The grammar appropriate to A level
A GCSE average of 5, including a 6 in GCSE Spanish
AS level: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
A-level: listening, reading, writing and speaking, and possibly including an individual research project.
According to a CBI (Confederation of British Industry) survey, over 74% of employers are looking for people with foreign language skills and Spanish is becoming increasingly sought after. Possible careers include International banking, International law, International fashion design, Journalism, Teaching and Translation.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form directly.