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Spanish AS/A at Ormskirk School

Course description

Spanish is the world's third language, spoken by some 300 million in 22 nations, outnumbered only by English and Chinese. Nationally, Spanish is a popular choice of language at both AS/A2 Level and in Higher Education. COURSE CONTENT - Spanish/Latin American culture and the Spanish language are studied through a wide range of authentic resources, including articles from Spanish newspapers and broadcasts from Spanish radio and television. The basic skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing are practised in a variety of ways such as role-plays, surveys, interviews and comprehension grids. More formal grammar teaching is also done to give an understanding of new language work. Topics are studied in a way that extends the work done at GCSE level. Sixth Form students are encouraged to work independently as it is felt that eight periods per fortnight are not sufficient for consolidation of the work covered. As the gap between GCSE and 'A' Level is wide, many students find the work challenging at first. In order to address this issue, in their GCSE to A Level transition work at the beginning of the course, students look at the study skills needed to gain the maximum benefit from independent reading and listening work. Furthermore, in this transition unit, pupils work on reinforcing and building on the language that they have acquired at GCSE, in order to allow them to manage the step up to AS Level more smoothly. As part of the course, pupils are encouraged to visit Universities for lectures and plays, participate in Study Days and avail themselves of opportunities to visit Spain. The Library Resources area provides audio facilities for supported self-study and students are expected to use this resource.ICT facilities are used to enrich and consolidate the work started in the classroom. Students are encouraged to use Spanish websites, particular those from newspapers and magazines, to support the own development in Spanish. SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - A*, A or B in Spanish at GCSE. Application and commitment are essential, since there is an amount of vocabulary to be acquired and a defined grammar content.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level course or equivalent to prepare for higher education in Spanish, Languages or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job requiring a knowledge of Spanish or Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your Spanish to study or work over in Spain/South America or even the EE un. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years