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Spanish A Level at Finham Park School

Course description

There are 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide and by 2050 Spanish will be the most widely spoken world language. Spanish A-Level therefore provides you with the means to learn about the fascinating cultures of Spain and Latin America whilst being able to communicate confidently in Spanish. Language A-Levels are highly sought after by
universities as they are recognised as academically rigorous and practical. Class sizes are generally smaller than most other subjects so you receive more one to one teacher support and personalised learning.

Course content

In A-Level Spanish, you will study the following topics:

• Aspects of Hispanic society – Modern and traditional values, Cyberspace and Equal  rights.
• Multiculturalism in Hispanic society – Immigration, Racism, and Integration.
• Artistic culture in the Hispanic world – Modern day idols, Spanish regional identity and cultural heritage or cultural landscape.
• Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world – Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens, Monarchies, republics and dictatorships and Popular movements.

Your understanding of these four topics will be examined via the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will also develop translation skills into Spanish, demonstrating strong understanding of grammar and register.

In addition, you will study one literary work, the play, La Casa de Bernarda Alba, and one film, Volver. You will learn how to analyse drama and film through engaging in literary and film criticism in the target language, and appreciate the cultural context
of these two famous and significant works. Finally, you will undertake an individual research project on an aspect of Spanish or Latin American culture that interests you. You will then present and discuss your findings in your speaking assessment.

Entry requirements

5 grade 9-5 at GCSE including English and Mathematics. Grade 5 or above in GCSE Spanish.


A-Level Spanish – all exams taken at end of course.
Paper 1 – Listening, reading and writing (40%)
Paper 2 – Writing (literature and film) (30%)
Paper 3 – Speaking presentation based on research project (30%)
In the A-Level course, students prepare an individual research project on a cultural topic of their choice relating to Spain or Latin America. This will then be assessed in their speaking exam in the form of a presentation.

Future opportunities

This is an ideal preparation for a single or joint honours Spanish degree. Recent students have gone on to study international law, speech and language therapy and cultural studies. It would be an ideal grounding for courses in linguistics, translation and interpreting, teacher training, international business, European studies or any course with an international placement such as engineering or medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Finham Park School directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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