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Spanish A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Spanish?
We aim to enable you to fulfil your potential through developing your language skills in order that you may learn to communicate confidently whilst gaining an insight into the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of Spain and Latin America. If you dream of speaking a foreign language fluently and impressively and perhaps even working abroad, studying Spanish will bring this ambition within your grasp and it will equip you with a variety of unique skills that will be invaluable in the future.

What will I study?
You will learn to speak and write at length in Spanish about all aspects of Spanish-speaking societies and cultures. In Year 1, you will move on from GCSE covering all four skills - reading, writing, listening and oral. You will gain a greater knowledge of the grammatical structures and so develop accuracy in the language. Teaching is based on a thematic approach and the language is taught through a variety of contemporary issues, using authentic resources. The general areas are youth culture and concerns; lifestyle, health and fitness; travel and tourism and environmental issues; education and employment.

In Year 2, you will continue to enhance your knowledge of Spanish, improving your linguistic skills, whilst using the language to present viewpoints, develop, analyse and evaluate arguments both when speaking and writing. The key topic areas are  customs, traditions and beliefs; national and international events; literature and the arts.

At both levels, you will study aspects of contemporary society and Hispanic culture and other Spanish-speaking countries.

What can I study it with?
Due to its academic nature Spanish combines well with all other subjects offered in the Sixth Form.

Career opportunities
At university Spanish can be studied in combination with many other courses, and many degrees, including those in the sciences, offer students the chance to complete part of their degree abroad. Modern Languages graduates are in great demand in the job market.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- B, including:

Grade B in English Language, Grade C in Maths and Grade B in Spanish.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September