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Spanish A-Level *Fees payable* at Brentwood School

Course description

Spanish is available in the Lower Sixth to AS Level and to A2 in the Upper Sixth.

The course will help you to develop your general study skills but most of all you will learn to communicate at a higher level in Spanish. You will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the society or societies in which the language is spoken.

You will be able to read, understand and extract information from written passages in Spanish, taken from authentic sources such as magazines and newspapers; reports or books. You will be able to listen to and understand the contemporary spoken language and answer questions on what you have heard. The passages that you will learn to listen to will be taken from a range of sources, such as news reports on the radio or TV, podcasts, announcements, interviews and discussions.

You will learn how to write longer pieces in the form of emails, letters and essays and to hold conversations and discussions in Spanish.

You will also learn all the appropriate grammar, words and phrases that will help you to present information in Spanish, organise your arguments, provide opinions and analyse your ideas.

If you are interested in languages and communication and you enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life, then Spanish could well be suitable for you. Similarly, if you are interested in the business world, law, in travel or tourism, literature, or in journalism and the media, then you are also likely to find the course very stimulating and appropriate. Indeed, an AS in a language can be profitably combined with almost all other subjects; the AS profiles of our students in the past have often been rich and attractive to universities and employers. Practically all students have often benefited from the extra dimension a language can add to their persona. Students have also developed tremendously socially, culturally and linguistically though involvement in our wide range of exchanges and visits in the Sixth Form. Moreover, there are a number of options in the course where you can choose your topic or question to suit your interests. Whether you want to use language for work, for further study, training, or for leisure, this course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge.

There will be a range of opportunities open to you, where you can continue to use and further develop your language skills and knowledge of contemporary society. Some students choose to do degree courses in languages; others choose to pursue a higher education course in another subject, but choose a language option alongside it. Having a language at AS or Advanced Level will substantially improve your employability.

Whether you are interested in continuing your studies or working at home or abroad, a language course at AS or Advanced Level is an excellent step towards achieving your goals. You will need to feel confident at this level in the four language skills of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. You must also have some knowledge and understanding of the culture and way of life of the target-language country. It is important to develop this understanding and explore in much more depth the topic areas covered at GCSE. It is therefore an essential prerequisite that you are prepared to spend time in the country whose language you are studying on one of the Department’s home stay or exchange programmes.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have achieved at least the equivalent of GCSE Grade A in the relevant language before embarking on this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brentwood School directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2015

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