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Spanish Edexcel A Level at Kantor King Solomon High School

Course description

The Edexcel Advanced GCE in Spanish aims to encourage students to:

  • develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning
  • develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts and genres
  • communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes
  • develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken
  • consider their study of the language in a broader context.

Course content

The Edexcel Advanced GCE in Spanish enables students to:

  • derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning
  • acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and/or employment
  • communicate with speakers of the language
  • take their place in a multilingual global society.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 6 GCSE grades at A*-C including English and Mathematics with a grade B or above in the subjects to be studied at A level.
 

Assessment

AS level units:

Unit 1: Spoken Expression and Response in Spanish

  • Externally assessed
  • 30% of the total AS marks
  • 15% of the total GCE marks

Assessment:

  • 8-10 minute assessment in two sections.
  • Section A requires students to respond to four Edexcel-set questions on a stimulus related to the student’s chosen general topic area.
  • Section B requires the teacher/examiner to engage the student in a discussion that, although still relating to the same general topic area and its linked subtopics, moves away from the main focus of the stimulus.

 

Unit 2: Understanding and Written Response in Spanish

  • Externally assessed
  • 70% of the total AS marks
  • 35% 0f the total GCE marks

Assessment:

  • 2 hour 30 minute paper in three sections.
  • Section A requires students to listen to a range of authentic recorded Spanish-language material and to retrieve and convey information given in the recording by responding to a range of Spanish-language questions.
  • Section B requires students to read authentic Spanish-language printed materials and to retrieve and convey information by responding to a range of mainly Spanish-language test types.
  • Section C requires students to write 200-220 words in the form of a letter, report or article in Spanish based on a short printed Spanish-language stimulus.

 

A Level units:

Unit 3: Understanding and Spoken Response in Spanish

  • Externally assessed
  • 35% of the total A2 marks
  • 17.5% of the total GCE marks

Assessment:

  • 11-13 minute assessment
  • Students first outline their chosen issue for about one minute, adopting a definite stance towards the issue. They should then defend and justify their opinions for up to four minutes. The teacher/examiner will then initiate a spontaneous discussion in which a minimum of two further unpredictable areas of discussion will be covered.

 

Unit 4: Research, Understanding and Written Response in Spanish

  • Externally assessed
  • 65% of the total A2 marks
  • 32.5% of the total GCE marks

Assessment:

  • 2 hour 30 minute paper in three sections.
  • Section A: A short written translation exercise to test students’ ability to transfer meaning from English into Spanish effectively.
  • Section B: A Spanish-language essay in response to one from a choice of seven questions, linked to the prescribed general topic areas, that invite either discursive or creative writing.
  • Section C: A research-based essay in Spanish (240-270 words) to reward students for Spanish-language research skills linked to an area of interest to the student that relates to the culture and/or society of a Spanish-language country, countries or community. They have freedom to determine the content of their research (potentially in negotiation with their teacher) but it must relate to the four research-based essay topic areas for this unit.

 

 

 

Future opportunities

This qualification supports progression into further and higher education, training or employment. It provides a suitable foundation for specialist linguists wishing to study Spanish at a higher level, those wishing to combine language study with other disciplines at higher level, and those considering other qualifications without a language focus.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kantor King Solomon High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2016
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