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A-Level Spanish at Winstanley College

Course description

Year 1
You will develop your understanding of the Spanish language by furthering your skills in reading, listening and writing in the target language. A solid foundation of grammar will be built up and various tenses will be studied. The language will not be studied in isolation but through a range of current and interesting topics, such as Cyberspace and Equal Rights in the Hispanic world.

You will boost your speaking skills by regular practice both in class and in specialist speaking tutorials so that you are able to speak spontaneously on a wide range of topics.

Year 2
Continue to build your grasp of the language by strengthening your understanding of the concepts met in year 1, improving your range and accuracy and handling more advanced Spanish, such as from quality newspapers. Further topical aspects of contemporary Hispanic life will be studied and you will also engage in the study of a Spanish or South American novel and film.

Spoken Spanish will continue to be practised as in year 1.

Throughout the course you will use a wide range of resources from coursebooks to videos, from audio tracks to interactive exercises.

Learning outside the classroom
Tutorials for support and extension every Wednesday lunchtime with staff and A2 mentors.

On line resources for independent study
Extra packs for developmental or revision work 
We also encourage students to visit the country whether as part of a college trip or a work experience visit with the company Halsbury. These are hugely worth while and one of our students, Laura, said: “I came to improve my Spanish – I didn’t expect to have so much fun and to make so many new friends!

Study Support
When you enrol we’ll make sure that you’re receiving all the support you need, for example you may be entitled to extra time in your exams, you may benefit from working with a dyslexia tutor or you may simply need help with organising your time and many pieces of paper!

Academic Challenge
If you are keen to continue with Spanish at University you will receive help with choosing which university and which course is right for you, we’ll support your development of interview skills, guide you to further reading or viewing, challenge you with additional discussion and inspire you with activities and trips.  Ex Winstanley students already studying this subject at university will visit and tell you the real story and visiting speakers will give you a glimpse as to what further study in Spanish or Hispanic Studies involves.

From school pupil to Winstanley student 
We strongly recommend that you achieve at least a grade 7 in Spanish at GCSE. You should be prepared to tackle grammar, learn vocabulary and the different tenses and to work hard and enjoy your studies.

- Taster Days in July will enable you to see what a typical Spanish lesson is like.
- Recommended reading: download the AQA GCSE spec from here and learn some of the vocab from pages 34 – 49

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: 24 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years