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Spanish A level at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

Modern Languages provide enjoyable and useful lifelong skills. Whether used at work or for leisure purposes, they open up new avenues of communication and encourage a broader cultural understanding. Almost all teaching will be in Spanish, and we offer a Bridging the Gap programme during the first half term.

To improve your listening and speaking skills, you will have regular access to interactive on-line resources and weekly contact with a foreign language assistant.  Students also have the opportunity to take part in work experience in Spain and other enrichment activities.

Features of our language courses:

· A ‘Bridging the Gap’ programme during the first half term

· Weekly contact with a foreign language assistant

· Courses taught mainly in the target language

· Provision for bilingual students

· Very well resourced and equipped department

· Enthusiastic and supportive specialist teachers

You will enjoy and benefit from Spanish if you:

· have shown an aptitude for languages at GCSE or in previous studies;

· are interested in how languages work;

· are confident about expressing your views, both orally and on paper;

· are interested in current affairs and future issues, both within Europe and the wider world.

Course content

Year 1

Aspects of Hispanic society: current trends

· Modern and traditional values (Los valores tradicionales y modernos)

· Cyberspace (El ciberespacio)

· Equal rights (La igualdad de los sexos)

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world:

· Modern day idols (La influencia de los ídolos)

· Spanish regional identity (La identidad regional en España)

· Cultural heritage (El patrimonio cultural)

One cultural topic:

The study of a feature film

Year 2

Multiculturalism in Hispanic society:

· Immigration (La inmigración)

· Racism (El racismo)

· Integration (La convivencia)

Aspects of Political life in the Hispanic world:

· Today's youth, tomorrow's citizens (Jóvenes de hoy, ciudadanos del mañana)

· Monarchies and dictatorships (Monarquías y dictaduras)

· Popular movements (Movimientos populares)

One cultural topic:

The study of one literary work

Individual oral research project: Students will prepare a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where French is spoken.

All assessment will be at the end of the second year:

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (50% of the qualification)

Paper 2: Writing (20% of the qualification)

Paper 3: Speaking (30% of the qualification)

Entry requirements

At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 in a range of subjects including Maths and English. You will need to achieve at least a Grade 6 in Spanish at GCSE.

Future opportunities

The study of Spanish can lead to a variety of careers both in this country and abroad: it is now widely recognised that people with language skills are more employable. International companies welcome language graduates; there is the possibility of working abroad, and an ability in the local language will help if you are planning to work overseas teaching English as a Foreign Language.  A year abroad during a university course is often described as the ‘magic ingredient’, providing individuals with real independence and international experience.

Students who recently completed their course are now studying for a range of degrees including French and Spanish at Nottingham Trent, English and American Literature and Hispanic Studies at Kent University, Modern Languages at Essex University, Spanish and TESOL at Nottingham Trent, and Spanish and Latin American Studies at Newcastle University.

Further information


Come to open evening on 17th and 18th October 5-9pm.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 September 2018
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