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Spanish A Level at Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Course description

Spanish is an inspiring and popular language spoken by millions worldwide. The A-level course aims to develop students’ skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing and encourages students to broaden their cultural and linguistic awareness of Spanish speaking societies. Studying Spanish is a cumulative skill and requires consistent application both in and out of the classroom. The challenge is firstly to make the transition between GCSE and A-level and then accumulate the expertise to address the demands of the A-level specification. GCSE grammar is revised and consolidated, before extending to include A-level requirements. With the help of authentic materials, enthusiastic teachers and weekly conversation classes with native foreign language assistant, students make excellent progress.

Topics covered at AS level are: youth culture, lifestyle, the world around us (travel, tourism, the environment) and education and employment. Additional topics for A2 include art, history, literature, philosophy, politics, religion and national and international events. A2 Spanish includes a research-based essay linked to the culture and/or society of a Spanish speaking country or community, based on four options: geography; history; modern Spanish speaking society; literature and the arts. It encourages wider reading, creativity and personal initiative, reflecting students’ views and opinions with an analytical or evaluative dimension.

We expect and encourage students to take the responsibility to improve their skills and make the most of the department’s excellent authentic and online reading, listening and research resources. They will be advised to read ‘beyond the textbook’, i.e. poetry and literature, news articles in the media and Internet, and Spanish TV programmes. There is a languages suite with independent listening access, voice recording and specific language software, with links to useful websites e.g. RTVE and BBC Mundo. We also encourage students to see Spanish films and plays.

Work experience opportunities are currently available via external companies and further links are being developed with our Spanish school contacts. Enthusiastic AS level students also have an opportunity to mentor younger students at Borlase.

Acquiring Spanish A-level is of long-term benefit for future careers and travel opportunities. It can be studied on its own at university or in combination with other languages, arts, humanities, law or science subjects. In an increasingly international labour market, a good working knowledge of Spanish and the cultures of the many countries where it is spoken can be a decisive factor in both further education and future employment. 

Entry requirements

Grade A* or A in Spanish at GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Borlase's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Web url: www.swbgs.com

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