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A Level Spanish at Spalding Grammar School

Course description

Spanish A Level is a stimulating and informative subject, if you are interested in politics, people, culture, history, current affairs, sociology and geography. It can help develop an interest in language learning and promote an understanding of the language in a variety of contexts. Studying Spanish at AS level facilitates foreign travel by enabling students to communicate confidently and to display an awareness of contemporary society and culture. Students will also be able to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and employment.

As with all modern foreign languages, Spanish is now examined as a modular subject. To be awarded AS Level, students take an exam at the end of Year 12. To be awarded A2 they take a second exam at the end of Year 13. Each module makes up 50% of the final A Level grade.

The course is divided into four units. Units 1 and 2 comprise the AS Level. Units 3 and 4 comprise the A2 Level. Unit 1 is examined by a listening, reading comprehension, essay question and Unit 2 speaking. Units 3 and 4 follow the same pattern but Unit 3 includes a translation into and out of the target language

Students will learn a range of language skills including the ability to communicate confidently in Spanish, the ability to understand and respond to written Spanish. Students also learn how to translate coherently from Spanish into English and from English into Spanish at A2 Level. Students will also learn how to structure essays using increasingly accurate, complex and varied language at both AS and A2 Level. Most lessons are delivered in Spanish to maximise the development of students‘ language skills.

The topics covered in the AS Level course are varied, and will include topics as diverse as the media, popular culture, healthy living/lifestyle, family and relationships. In the A2 Level course, the topics covered include the environment, multicultural society and contemporary social issues. At A2 Level a cultural topic is also studied, which could include a Spanish region, period of history, author, poet, dramatist, director, artist, musician or painter.

Entry requirements

Commitment, enthusiasm and a willingness to participate are prerequisites for any language course.

These combined with a good GCSE grade (minimum of a B grade in the language you wish to study) will provide an excellent springboard for future language learning and a valuable AS and/or A2 qualification.

Future opportunities

Studying A Level Spanish will provide students with the sound basis they need for further study of languages at degree level or equivalent. Modern language A Levels are also well-regarded by universities for entry to a wide range of degrees, including law, economics and business. Spanish A Level provides students with the knowledge and skills required for careers in linguistics and employment in companies trading with Spanish-speaking countries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Spalding Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 06 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One or two years