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Spanish A Level at Beechen Cliff School

Course description

Spanish will open up the world for you. It is the official language of 20 countries and is the second most widely-spoken language after Mandarin. You will be able to travel, communicate, live and work in Spanish-speaking countries across the globe. A’ Level Spanish will give you the necessary skills to be able to do all of this, as well as making you more attractive to employers and Russell Group Universities.

If you are interested in other cultures and enjoy the challenge of communicating in a different language then Spanish is for you.

Through the wide-ranging topics we study you will learn how to express yourself and communicate effectively with any Spanish-speaker, from Mexico to Madrid or from Argentina to Alicante. You will also have weekly sessions with the assistant as well as the opportunity to spend a week in Malaga at a language school.

Employers are very impressed by a qualification in a language; it will help you stand out from the crowd. Studying Spanish will impress employers and universities alike, as it shows that you have a well-rounded skill set: you will develop important transferable study and communication skills.

Many students study a language at A’ Level in order to give themselves the opportunity to travel or study abroad, either as part of a degree course, as part of their job, or for pleasure.

Course content

Topics studied:

Social issues and trends in Spanish speaking countries: modern and traditional values, cyberspace and equal rights in Lower Sixth; and immigration, racism and integration in Upper Sixth.

Political and artistic culture in Spanish speaking countries: modern-day idols, Spanish regional identity, and cultural heritage in Lower Sixth; and citizenship, monarchies and dictatorships, and unions in Upper Sixth.

We will also study a film in Lower Sixth and a book in Upper Sixth.


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (50%)
Listening, reading and responding to spoken passages and written texts from a range of contexts and sources. Questions will target main points, gist and detail and students have individual control of recordings for the listening section.
Translation into English (minimum 100 words)
Translation into Spanish (minimum 100 words)

Paper 2: Writing (20%)
One essay question in Spanish on the book from a choice of two questions and one question in Spanish on the film from a choice of two questions. All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and the technique of presentation, as appropriate to the work studied.

Paper 3: Speaking (30%)
Discussion of a theme from the topics studied with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes). Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).

Further information

Spanish A’Level goes well with any other subject. Students who love languages will study it with another language, whilst others will combine it with another subject such as Physics, Geography or English Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beechen Cliff School directly.

Last updated date: 10 May 2017

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