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Spanish A Level at Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course description

A Level Spanish is a challenging subject, building on GCSE and emphasising communication at a higher level. Students learn to construct sentences and express themselves competently across a range of contemporary issues. A successful A Level student would be able to read Spanish articles and magazines online or in print, watch Spanish television and video clips, converse in Spanish about current affairs, as well as use social media safely, having gained a broad knowledge of Spanish grammar and an extensive vocabulary.

Entry requirements

GCSE Spanish at grade C or above.


Learning and assessment

A Level Spanish covers a variety of topics, which build on and extend the GCSE topics.

Possible areas of study include; social issues and trends, politics and intellectual and artistic culture. There is also the opportunity to study a film or book, or perhaps both, in depth.

Assessment is based on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The listening and reading examinations draw on authentic sources of spoken and written language, and assess your ability to understand and respond to them. The speaking and writing tasks require effective and accurate communication to convey knowledge and understanding of the culture of Spanish-speaking societies. An independent research project forms part of the preparation for the speaking examination, while the written examination includes a translation task.

Future opportunities

Students typically progress to study Spanish with another language, possibly Spanish or Italian, or even Arabic at university. Spanish can also be combined with a large number of subjects such as Business, Law, Engineering or Maths. These combinations can be highly sought after.

Language-based careers:

• Teaching in schools, colleges, university.
• Translation and interpreting.
• Working with a language in a sales or export environment, in business development or as a logistics specialist, working abroad or in a multinational company.

Other careers:

A degree in languages also gives access to a wide range of other careers, for which further training might be required. These include business, accountancy, law, and industry. Typically a graduate might join a company after university. Employers value language degrees for communication skills and intercultural awareness.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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