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Spanish A Level at John Henry Newman Catholic College

Course description

A-level Spanish helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in Spanish and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context.

This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in Spanish with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken Spanish in a variety of contexts and genres.

This course is particularly suitable for students who have studied GCSE Spanish or the AQA Certificate in Spanish and wish to study Spanish at a higher level.

AS Topics A2 Topics

Media

  • Television
  • Advertising
  • Communication Technology

Popular Culture

  • Cinema
  • Music
  • Fashion/Trends

Healthy Living/Lifestyle

  • Sport/Exercise
  • Healthand Well-being
  • Holidays

Family/Relationships

  • Relationships within the family
  • Friendships
  • Marriage/Partnerships

Environment

  • Polution
  • Energy
  • Protecting the planet

The Multicultural Society

  • Immigration
  • Intergration
  • Racism

Contemporary Social Issues

  • Wealth and poverty
  • Law and order
  • Impact of scientific and technological progress

Course content

CULTURAL TOPICS

students will study 2 of these cultural topics

A target language-speaking region/community

  • Its geography and how its geography has influenced/influences/will influence the region
  • Its history and how its history has influenced/influences/will influence the region
  • Its industries and how these have changed in the last 20 years. What about the future?
  • Its population and how it has changed in the last 20 years. What about the future?
  • Its economy and how important this is/was
  • A personal perspective: Would I like to live/work in this region?

A period of 20th century history from a target language-speaking country/community

  • Main events of the period causes of these events
  • The importance/influence/effects of these events
  • The ideas and influences of at least two individuals who made a significant impact during theperiod
  • Specific actions of these individuals plus an appraisal of the importance of these actions
  • A personal perspective: Would I have liked to live in that period?

An author from a target language-speaking country/community

  • A detailed study of at least one novel or collection of short stories, plus personal appraisal
  • The themes/ideas/messages of the author
  • How these themes/ideas/messages are expressed
  • What/who influences/inspires the author? Why does he/she feel as he/she does?
  • A personal evaluation of the author’s work: Why do I enjoy reading the work of this author?

A dramatist or poet from a target language-speaking country/community

  • A detailed study of at least one play or collection of poems, plus personal appraisal
  • The themes/ideas/messages of the dramatist/poet
  • How these themes/ideas/messages are expressed
  • What/who influences/inspires the dramatist/poet? Why does he/she feel as he/she does?
  • A personal evaluation of the dramatist’s/poet’s work: Why do I enjoy the work of this dramatist/poet?

A director, architect, musician or painter from a target language-speaking country/community

  • A detailed study of at least one work of the artist, plus a personal appraisal
  • The influences on the artist – events and people
  • The ideas/techniques of the artist, plus personal appraisal
  • The importance of the artist both in his/her own lifetime and later
  • A personal evaluation: Why do I find this artist so interesting?

Entry requirements

Students who wish to study A Level Spanish need to have achieved a minimum of a grade 7 at GCSE Spanish.

Assessment

This A-level requires students to complete all four units; 2 units at AS level and a further 2 units at A2 level

Unit 1 2 hours
Listening, Reading and Writing 70% of the total AS marks
35% of the total A-level marks Unit 2 35 minutes (including 20 minutes preparation time)
Speaking 30% of the total AS marks
15% of the total A-level marks Unit 3 2½ hours
Listening, Reading and Writing 35% of the total A-level marks Unit 4 35 minutes (including 20 minutes preparation time)
Speaking 15% of the total A-level marks

Future opportunities

All top universities have language departments for specialist study. Many other courses, from business to engineering etc, offer an option which includes international study.

In an increasingly global marketplace professional people with language ability are well placed to work with multinational companies.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2017
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