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Spanish A Level at Trinity Catholic High School

Course description

Topic Areas:
Students must study the themes and sub-themes below in relation to at least one Spanish speaking country. Where Spain is not specified, students may study the themes in relation to any Spanishspeaking country.


Course content

Social Issues and Trends

Aspects of Hispanic society
- Modern and traditional values (Los valores tradicionales y modernos)
- Cyberspace (El ciberespacio)
- Equal rights (La igualdad de los sexos)

Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
- Immigration (La Inmigración)
- Racism (El Racismo)
- Integration (La Convivencia)

Political and artistic culture

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
- Modern day idols (La influencia de los ídolos)
- Spanish regional identity (La identidad regional en España)
- Cultural heritage (El patrimonio cultural)

Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
- Today's youth, tomorrow's citizens (Jóvenes de hoy, ciudadanos de mañana)
- Monarchies, republics and dictatorships (Monarquías y dictaduras)
- Popular movements (Movimientos populares)

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A* - B to include Mathematics and English at level 5; and a GCSE Spanish grade A* - B (Higher level GCSE entry).


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (50%)
- Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources.
- Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources.
- Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words.
- Translation into Spanish; a passage of minimum 100 words.

Paper 2: Writing (20%)
- Either one question in Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in Spanish on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions on each text.
- All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and the technique of presentation, as appropriate to the work studied.

Paper 3: Speaking (30%)
- Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes).
- Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project.

Future opportunities

A wide range of career options are open to Language students, including: Interpreting, Translating, Travel and Tourism, Sales and Marketing, Journalism, the Media, Teaching, Catering and Leisure Management, Commerce, Finance and Industry, Civil Service, Bi-lingual Secretarial, Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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