Spanish A Level at Coombe Girls' School
The course is designed to give students a profound understanding of their chosen language. Not only will they learn more about the mechanics of the language – like grammar and vocabulary – but also about how people live and use language on a day to day basis. Overall, the focus in languages at A Level shifts towards a greater understanding of the people and what really makes them tick.
By exploring how other nations and cultures deal with current issues such as teenage pregnancy, racism, the endangered environment and euthanasia, many students also come to discover their own attitudes, principles and, perhaps, prejudices. Of course, students will need to develop their ability to express opinions and justify their perspectives in a mature style.
Throughout the course, you will encounter higher level structures which will enable you to express your newly formed opinions in both the written and spoken form. Focused study of grammar and smallgroup speaking practice sessions with our Language Assistants really help students develop the necessary language skills.
Where AS topics centre around youth and popular culture, A2 really gets you working on specific cultural topics relevant to our target language countries as well as contemporary social issues such as immigration and racism, wealth and poverty, the impact of technological progress and issues surrounding environmental damage.
At A2, you will encounter increasingly complex grammar structures and texts. Like at AS, you will again have smallgroup conversation lessons every week with our language assistant to practice speaking skills.
In order to be able to take a Language A Level at Coombe you need to have achieved 7 A* to C grades at GCSE and a minimum of a B grade in the language you wish to study. In order to pass this subject successfully, you should already have a solid basis in the language, e.g. you should be able to use a range of tenses and be working easily at GCSE Higher Level.
At AS Level, your assessment is in two parts. Unit 1 is a two hour exam which includes listening, reading and writing. This accounts for 70% of your marks for the year. Unit 2 is a 15 min speaking test, which accounts for 30% of your marks for the year.
Units 3 and 4 are taken at A2 level. Unit 3 is a 2 ½ hour exam including listening, reading and writing, where the writing section is based on cultural topics studied during the year. Unit 4 is a 15 min speaking test, based on cultural topics chosen by the student.
In this rapidly shrinking world, those who study language degrees combined with another discipline such as Law, Business, Journalism or Tourism (there are many more) find that they are valued higher than colleagues who do not have a skill in a language. Universities are responding to employers’ demands and there is enormous growth in the number and type of combined course available.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombe Girls' School directly.