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AS/A level Spanish at Forge Valley School

Course description

Are you passionate about learning a language? Do you love communicating? Do you want to widen your knowledge of world issues and different cultures? If so, A-Level Spanish is the course for you!

Through studying Spanish, you will not only develop your language skills but you study key themes and issues from the Hispanic world such as racism, equality, immigration and human rights. The course also offers the opportunity to study a film and a book, so strong English skills are required to make a success of the course.

There are opportunities to practise your language in Spain and experience typical Spanish life with an optional work experience or exchange visit.

A Foreign Language is seen as one of the most academically challenging A-Level courses and as such sets students apart from the rest when applying for University. Spanish can be studied at university as a single honours course or combines well with many other subjects, including History, Law and Politics.

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”

Course content

The course builds on the foundation laid at GCSE to become a confident independent speaker of Spanish and develops skills required to write extended pieces on topics e.g. media, popular culture, Health and Well-Being, Family and Relationships. Receptive skills will be greatly developed through work in lessons and at home.

An understanding of grammatical concepts and structures will be developed through a critical consideration of current issues relating to Spain. Students will learn how to apply newly acquired vocabulary and linguistic structures in a range of contexts to enhance written and spoken work as well as analyse, explain and evaluate current issues relating to the country.

  • How has family life changed over the last 100 years?
  • What impact has technology had on our life?
  • Should gay people have the same rights?
  • Can immigrants have a positive impact?
  • Does racism still exist?
  • Can different cultures live together happily?
  • How is your role model?
  • What are the different regional identities in Spanish?
  • Do you know about the history of the Hispanic world?
  • What is the role of young people today?
  • Who is Franco?
  • Are workers’ strikes positive or negative?
  • Spanish grammar – the foundations laid at GCSE are developed further at A-Level
  • Film: El laberinto del fauno Guillermo del Toro (2006)
  • Book: Federico García Lorca La casa de Bernarda Alba

Entry requirements

Four or more GCSEs Grade 9-4 / A*-C or equivalent, plus a minimum of Grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

Minimum Grade 6 at GCSE in Spanish.

It is vital that you have a keen interest in current European and political affairs and a desire to understand and research the position of Spain in the world today, as many of the topics involve discussion of current affairs and the recent history of Spain.

Assessment

AS Level

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks, 45% of AS

Paper 2: Writing

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes – one essay on the film and a translation, 50 marks, 25% of AS

 

Paper 3: Speaking

  • Oral exam: 12–14 minutes – discussion on a stimulus card (photocard) and general conversation
  • 60 marks, 30% of AS

 

Advanced Level

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 100 marks, 50% of A-level

 

Paper 2: Writing

  • Written exam: 2 hours – two essays about the film and the book, 80 marks in total, 20% of A-level

 

Paper 3: Speaking

  • Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) – your Individual Research Topic and general conversation.
  • 60 marks in total, 30% of A-level

Future opportunities

Languages clearly can take you into a range of jobs, where your languages skills will directly be used including: teaching, translation, international business, journalism or law. However, the skills acquired through studying a language and how well languages link with a whole range of other subjects mean that language students can enjoy successful careers in almost any professional setting.

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: 08 October 2018
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