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Spanish A-Level at St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School

Course description

Spanish at A Level is a two year course following the AQA specification/sylabus. The four skills - oral, reading and listening comprehension and writing - are continually practised as in GCSE but in greater depth. At the end of Year 12, pupils will take the AS exam. Students are encouraged to go to Spain during their course. Lessons are dedicated to building up language skills and improving grammatical accuracy whilst at the same time studying and forming opinions about the role of the media, popular culture, healthy living/lifestyles and family/relationships in modern day society. These topics have been carefully chosen to enable clear progression from GCSE and to address the interests of AS students. Students are encouraged to build up new vocabulary and expressions, as Spanish has a very rich and varied range of vocabulary and idioms. Students are encouraged to take an interest in current affairs, to read the newspaper and watch the news in their own language, so as to be continually broadening their ideas and opinions on life around them and to familiarise themselves with controversial issues. We are fortunate to have a Spanish assistant - a native speaker who, once a week, gives conversation lessons to both AS & A2 students. Homework assignments range from, questions on a text, summaries or translations, preparation of grammar exercises, and use of the on-line resources referred to below. We use the AQA textbook for AS Spanish and students have full access to the on-line resources offered by “Kerboodle” which closely match the AQA specification for Spanish at AS level, providing additional stimulus material and support for the activities in the book.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements to the Sixth Form are a minimum of three Grade Bs and two Grade Cs at GCSE. Students must obtain at least Grade B at GCSE in the subjects to be studied at A/S level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bernard's Catholic Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 June 2015

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