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Spanish A Level at St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron College

Course description

As the European Union develops, those who have the aptitude to add a modern foreign language to their qualifications will find themselves at a considerable advantage when approaching the employment market. Increased mobility throughout the Union has increased demand from employers for fluency in the main European languages and dual linguists are in particular demand. It is therefore no surprise that a modern foreign language component is increasingly popular in both arts and science degrees.

Course content

Topics include: Media, Health, Fashion, Family and Relationships. Through current material, YouTube videos, news reels, magazine articles that reflect the languages and culture of today’s France and Spain, students are offered a valuable insight into the life, not only of this country, but other French and Spanish speaking countries.

Entry requirements

Students who wish to study Spanish must have acquired at least a B average at GCSE Spanish, respectively, having taken the higher papers in listening and reading, and been awarded at least a B in the speaking and writing Controlled Assessments.


Assessments at the end of the two years:

- Listening, reading, translation - 2 ½ hours
- Writing (on two studied works) - 2 hours
- Speaking – 26-28 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)

Future opportunities

Success in A level languages leads to an exciting range of options based on further or higher education or on to direct employment. There are a range of courses are on offer, catering not only for the pure linguist, who will go on to take a traditional languages degree, which would encompass two or more languages, but also those wishing to combine a modern language with scientific, commercial or technical options, leading to a combined honours degree. Potential entrants to all major professions, including the service industries, will be much more attractive to future employers if they can add competent language skills to their CV.

Further information

We offer A-Level Spanish with either the AQA or the Edexcel exam boards. The course is mainly classroom based (4/5 hours), with a couple of trips out to Tyneside cinema to partake in the film courses they regularly organise. The topics taught build on the foundation laid at Key Stage 4 throughout GCSE examinations and develop the four core skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening to a higher degree of proficiency, and will include further development of new skills such as translation and analysis of literature or another cultural piece of work (ie. Film)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bede's Catholic Comprehensive School and Byron College directly.

Last updated date: 02 March 2017

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