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Spanish A Level at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College

Course description

Languages are all around us; at work, on holiday or just in day-to-day life - we live in a multilingual global society which means there is a great and increasing demand for people who can speak languages other than English.

A level Spanish enables you to study a fascinating subject, learning about the culture and traditions of Spain and the vast Spanish speaking world whilst at the same time rapidly improving your linguistic and communication skills, offering you a range of career possibilities!

A language is also a pre-requisite for lots of university courses, so it is something to consider if you’re thinking about university in the future. In addition our enrichment programme offers A level linguists the opportunities to practise their language and gain a deeper understanding of the country they are studying.

Learning a language is a never-ending process; especially since languages are constantly changing and the skills and qualifications that you gain from studying a language at A level are incredibly important and highly valued tools to have, whatever path you’re on. Languages are key to the exciting multinational world we live in!

Course content

In Year 12, students will develop their language skills through the contexts of topic areas such as Contemporary Youth Culture, Local Culture and Festivals as well as other contemporary issues related to our world including: Families and Citizenship, Youth Trends and Personal Identity and finally Education and Employment opportunities.

These topics allow students to develop critical insights into, and contact with, the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of Spain or communities where Spanish is spoken. Moreover, the Year 12 course will also focus on the study of a Spanish film. This will give students the opportunity to understand more about and discuss trends in media and art; film and music in the lives of young people in order to better understand the social and cultural context.

In Year 13, there are two more themes which focus on Diversity and Difference and The Two Spains: 1936 Onwards. Students develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, both past and present, of Spain and Spanish speaking countries and communities, and is a fabulous insight into the Spain we know today. Once again there is a cultural and social focus, with students also studying some literature this year. The study of a piece of Spanish literature, enables linguists to develop their capacity for critical and analytical thinking.

Entry requirements

A successful Spanish student is organised and active. They are always looking for opportunities to develop their language both inside and outside of the classroom and regularly seek opportunities independently outside the classroom to further their study and improve their communication skills through research and the use of authentic material for example podcasts and films or radio stations.

Being open minded and sensitive to the multicultural world around them, linguists are eager and enthusiastic to further understand the Spanish speaking world, its triumphs, struggles and the impact it has on the international community from the arts, media and literature to politics and history.

A good linguist is resilient and motivated. They are willing to experiment and take risks. For example, they will try out different ways of learning vocabulary until they find the way that suits them best. They are also not afraid of making mistakes, because they know they can learn from them and progress further.

Assessment

Examination Board: EDUQAS (WJEC)

Assessment is in the form of a terminal exam at the end of Year 13

A level

Unit 1—Speaking - 30%
Unit 2—Listening, Reading & Translation - 50%
Unit 3—Critical and Analytical response in writing (Book & Film) - 20%

Future opportunities

There is a great and increasing demand in the workplace for people who can speak languages other than English and UK Language students find employment in a wide variety of fields such as Business Services, Transport and Communications, Education, Health and Social Work, Banking and Finance, Law and Administration to name only a few. Moreover many prestigious universities now require a language at A level to study various other courses at their institutions such as history or law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 09 March 2017
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