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Spanish at Townley Grammar School

Course description

An interest in the subject is the most important thing. A good grasp of grammar is also important, although this will be reinforced at the start of the course. You must have an interest in discussing and debating contemporary issues as you will be working on developing your speaking skills with the foreign language assistant.

Course content

Year 12


1. Social issues and trends

2. Artistic culture

3. Grammar

4. Works: Literary texts and films

Year 13


1. Social issues and trends

2. Artistic culture

3. Social issues and trends

4. Political and artistic culture

5. Grammar

6. Works: Literary texts and films

There are three exams:

Unit 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing 50% Aspects of Hispanic society, Artistic culture in the Hispanic world, Multiculturalism in Hispanic society, Aspects of political life in Hispanic society and grammar

Unit 2 – Writing 20% One text and one film or two texts from the lists in the specification and grammar

Unit 3 – Speaking 30% Individual research project, one of four sub-themes i.e. Aspects of Hispanic society or Artistic culture in the Hispanic world or Multiculturalism in Hispanic society or Aspects of political life in Hispanic society

Entry requirements

B in GCSE Spanish

A student must have achieved both of the following:

  • A minimum of 7 full course A* - C grade GCSEs including English and Maths
  • An average (mean) point score of 45 or above taking only full course GCSEs into consideration

Future opportunities

Courses – Languages are “facilitating subjects” as recommended by the Russell Group of Universities. An AS/A2 in Spanish would be beneficial to a great majority of courses at university, and would be particularly helpful if you choose to spend a year abroad.

Careers –Translating, Interpreting, Finance, Law, Sales and Marketing, Engineering, Tourism, Leisure, Public Sector, United Nations and European Union, Media, Teaching (Primary and Secondary), Linguistics, plus knowledge of a foreign language can allow you to pursue any career at an international level.

Further information

Students will study a variety of topics throughout the two year course, including aspects of Hispanic society such as the Day of the Dead festival, the use of technology in modern day Spain, changes to family life and immigration. Students will also be given the opportunity to complete an independent research project on an aspect of Hispanic society and will study both Hispanic film and literature. Students will take all modules at the end of Year 13. Work on Year 12 topics will be continued to a higher level in Year 13 when additional topics will be introduced.

Typical grade requirements to study a Spanish degree are as follows:

Oxbridge: A*A A / A A A Russell Group: A A B to B B B Non Russell Group: B B B

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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