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Spanish A Level at Gordon's School

Course description

The course is examined at the end of Year 12 and as a whole at end of Year 13.

1. Social issues and trends
I. Aspects of Hispanic society
- Values
- Cyberspace
- Equal rights
II. Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
- Immigration
- Racism
- Integration

2. Political and artistic culture
I. Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
- Modern day idols
- Regional identity
- Cultural heritage
II. Aspects of political life in the Hispanic World
- Today’s youth tomorrows citizens
- Monarchies and dictatorships
- Popular movements

Optional content

Students will study one literary text and one film

Film – Volver Pedro Almódovar
Text - Federico García Lorca La casa de Bernarda Alba or Carlos Ruiz Zafón La sombra del viento

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirements to join the Sixth Form are:

1.     A minimum of three GCSE grades A* to C plus at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
2.     The grade criteria for individual subjects as outlined on the last page in this booklet.

Following the publication of GCSE results in August 2017 students may appeal to governors in the event of academic
requirements not being met. 


Exam Papers Y12

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing
What’s assessed? Aspects of Hispanic society, Artistic culture in the Hispanic world, Grammar. Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Paper 2: Writing
What’s assessed? One text or one film. Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Paper 3: Speaking Exam
What’s assessed? One sub-theme from Aspects of Hispanic society and one sub-theme from Artistic culture in the Hispanic world. Oral exam 12 – 14 minutes.

Exam Papers Y13

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing
What’s assessed? Aspects of Hispanic society, Artistic culture in the Hispanic world, Multiculturalism in Hispanic Society Aspects of political life in Hispanic society. Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes.

Paper 2: Writing
What’s assessed? One text and one film Written exam: 2 hours

Paper 3: Speaking
What’s assessed? Individual research project. One of four sub-themes.
Oral exam 21 – 23 minutes.

Further information


- Rosa Montero, La hija del caníbal (1997) novel; Spain
- Gabriel García Márquez, Crónica de una muerte anunciada (1981) novel; Colombia
- Miguel de Unamuno, San Manuel Bueno, mártir (1930) short story; Spain
- Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones (1944) short stories; Argentina
- Federico García Lorca, La zapatera prodigiosa (1930) Play; Spain (Andalucía)
- Newspaper (including on-line versions): El mundo, El país
- Magazines: Diez minutos, Hola, Que me dices

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gordon's School directly.

Last updated date: 16 May 2017
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