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A2 Spanish - Academic Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

Gaining an A-level qualification in Spanish will enhance your employment opportunities. Communication and linguistic ability in Spanish are skills which are highly regarded by universities and employers.

Students will study technological and social change, looking at the multicultural nature of Hispanic society. They will study highlights of Hispanic artistic culture, including a focus on Spanish regional identity and the cultural heritage of past civilisations. They will learn about aspects of the diverse political landscape of the Hispanic world. Students will also explore the influence of the past on present-day Hispanic communities. Throughout their studies, they learn the language in the context of Hispanic countries and issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study texts and film and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where Spanish is spoken, and their language skills. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in Spanish.

The A-level specification fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and to society. The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or to further study, including a modern languages degree.

Course content

At A-level you will strengthen your command of Spanish grammar and vocabulary in the context of Hispanic society, whilst developing your knowledge of the following themes and sub-themes which complement other A-Level subjects you may be taking:

  • Aspects of Hispanic society
  • Multiculturalism
  • Artistic culture
  • Aspects of political life

LITERARY TEXTS & FILMS:

AQA have a list of set texts and films. Students are currently studying “Como agua para chocolate” Laura Esquivel (literature) and “Volver” Pedro Almodóvar (film)

INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECT:

  • Similar to an EPQ, students identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where Spanish is spoken. They must select relevant information in Spanish from a range of sources including the internet. The aim of the research project is to develop research skills. Students will demonstrate their ability to initiate and conduct individual research by analysing and summarising their findings, in order to present and discuss them in the speaking assessment. Students may choose a subject linked to one of the themes or sub-themes or to one of the works.

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

As part of their studies, all students will be encouraged to spend time in a Spanish-speaking country. This will further enhance their language skills and confidence.

Entry requirements

An average 5- attainment 8 score including Maths and English and at least a Grade 5 in Spanish GCSE.

Assessment

A-level:

Paper 1: Listening, Reading & Writing – 50% (2 hours 30 minutes)

Paper 2: Writing – 20% (2 hours)

Paper 3: Speaking – 30% (21-23 minutes incl. 5 minutes prep time)

 

Future opportunities

The world is becoming a smaller place. Spanish complements all A-Level and degree subjects. We strongly advise that all students consider taking a language as part of their degree, be it as a minor or major subject, as this may give them the opportunity to study or complete a work placement abroad in their chosen field. Studying A-Level Spanish is a good stepping-stone for this.

University admissions tutors and employers greatly value people with good languages skills as it demonstrates that you have a range of transferable skills; such as being open-minded, logical, analytical, sociable and willing to take risks.

Studying a language to A-Level will enhance these sought after communicative skills as well as an impressive awareness of other cultures; benefitting a variety of different careers. This could include: Journalism, Business, Leisure, Travel & Tourism, Law, Scientific Research, Media, Engineering, Medicine, Voluntary & Charitable sector, Manufacturing, Education, Technology & Gaming, Advertising & Marketing, Manufacturing, and Financial Services, to name but a few.

Further information

This subject may be taught at another Maidenhead Consortium School

For further information, please contact the Sixth Form Department:

sixthform.admin@furzeplatt.net or Tel: 01628-625308 ext. 651

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: 19 December 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: ACSP19
  • Web url: www.furzeplatt.com

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