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Spanish A Level at Harlington Upper School

Course description

Learning a language is refreshing and challenging because it is a unique approach to study and during lessons students have the opportunity to converse in Spanish and improve self-awareness and self-confidence. At A-level candidates study a variety of topics about which they need to demonstrate knowledge and opinion in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). This enables them to develop an understanding of the contemporary society, the culture and the heritage of countries where Spanish is spoken. Students will also gain cultural awareness of the country through the study of a literary text and a film. This subject will further enable a candidate to communicate clearly, confidently and effectively in the language in a variety of situations. It also provides students with important skills such as team work and independent learning. Spanish is a great choice for students who will benefit from the opportunity to work within a small group and who enjoy interactive study and seek a challenge!

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 4 in Spanish. Recommended a grade 5


Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation 40%
Paper 2: Written response to a text and film 30%
Paper 3: Speaking 30%

Further information

Learning strategies:

Candidates will need to be able to respond to a variety of spoken and written sources and to use the language to express ideas and opinions, both in writing and speaking. We will look closely at the grammar of the language in order for students to develop their translation skills. Students will also study a film and a literary text in depth.

Topics will include:
• Modern and traditional values
• Cyberspace
• Equal rights
• Immigration
• Racism
• Integration
• Modern day idols
• Spanish regional identity
• Cultural heritage
• Monarchies and dictatorships
• Young people and citizenship
• Study of a film and text

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harlington Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years