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Spanish A Level at Caroline Chisholm School

Course description

The course consists of a number of complementary units in which the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed simultaneously. The course will help you to develop your general study skills, but most of all you will learn to communicate at a higher level in Spanish. You will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the societies in which Spanish is spoken.
Throughout the course, students will be given the opportunity to develop their ability and confidence to communicate in Spanish. Students will be given access to relevant published online resources and topic booklets provided by the department. At the end of each topic students will be assessed in all four skills which will give regular feedback on progress.


Course content

The first year of the course consists of two main topics which are divided into 3 sub‐topics & the study of either a film or a literary text. All topics are relevant to young people as well as building on students’ previous knowledge from GCSE.
Year 1
Aspects of Hispanic Society
- Modern & Traditional Values
- Cyberspace
- Equal Rights
Artistic Culture
- Modern Day Idols
- Spanish Regional Identity
- Cultural Heritage
Literary Text or Film
- Film – Ocho Apellidos Vascos
Our approach is always to build on what you already know, gradually extending the range and depth of your knowledge and setting it more firmly in a Spanish context.
The full A‐Level course consists of the content from year 1 and a further two main topics which are divided into 3 sub‐topics & the study of a literary text.
Year 2
Multiculturalism in Hispanic Society
- Immigration
- Racism
- Integration
Aspects of Political Life in the Hispanic World
- Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s citizens
- Monarchies, Republics & Dictatorships
- Popular Movements

Literary Text or Film
- Text ‐ Como Agua Para Chocolate


Entry requirements

GCSE English Language or Literature: Grade 5 is required

Students should have studied Spanish to GCSE level, achieving at least Grade B.

Future opportunities

Students who are able to converse in a foreign language to A level standard, offer a skill which a small percentage of the population are able to offer. Of course they are able to pursue languages at university, but an A level in language is certainly an asset within industry, especially as links with international companies expand.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caroline Chisholm School directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2017
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