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Spanish A Level at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Course description

Aims of the AS and A level Spanish Courses

The courses encourage students to:

·         communicate confidently in Spanish both through the spoken and written word

·         develop insights into the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries where Spanish is spoken

The 2 themes covered in Year 12 are:

·         Travel and exploration (Advantages of travelling, working and studying abroad, environmental concerns, local culture and festivals in Spain)

·         Contemporary youth culture (Entertainment, music and the arts, media and digital culture, youth sub-cultures, trends and personal identity)

The 2 themes covered in Year 13 are:

·         Diversity and difference (Migration and integration, cultural identity and marginalisation, cultural enrichment and celebrating difference, discrimination and diversity)

·         The two Spains: 1936 onwards

Course content

Structure of the AS and A2 Level exams

The examinations are designed to develop the 4 skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing and are divided into 3 components which test a mixture of these skills. AS and A Level candidates must take all 3 components units.

 

AS Level

The AS Level exam is taken as a stand-alone exam at the end of Year 12

Component 1: Speaking

Non-exam assessment: 12-15 minutes (plus additional 15 minutes preparation time) 30% of qualification. Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

·         Task 1 - Arguing a point of view based on a written stimulus card (6-7 minutes)

·         Task 2 - Discussion based on a written stimulus card with questions (6-8 minutes)

Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes, 50% of qualification

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

·         Section A: Listening

·         Section B: Reading

·         Section C: Translation – from Spanish into English and English into Spanish

Component 3: Critical response in writing (closed-book)

Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes, 20% of qualification

Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

·         Two essay questions based on the study of one literary work or film from the prescribed list.

 

A Level

The A Level exam is taken at the end of Year 13.

 

Component 1: Speaking

Non-exam assessment: 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation), 30% of qualification. Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

·         Task 1 - (a) Presentation of independent research project, usually a book or film (2 minutes); (b) Discussion on the content of the research project (9-10 minutes)

·         Task 2 - Discussion based on a stimulus card relating to one of the themes studied; (5 minutes preparation time followed by 5-6 minutes discussion)

Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes, 50% of qualification. Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

·         Section A: Listening exam

·         Section B: Reading exam

·         Section C: Translation – from French into English and English into Spanish

Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing (closed-book)

Written examination: 2 hours, 20% of qualification. Learners are not permitted to use dictionaries in any part of the assessment.

·         Two essays – one based on a literary work and the second on an additional literary work or film from the prescribed list

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Spanish and grade C in English Language

Further information

Spanish is used as much as possible in lessons. We use authentic items from Spanish radio, television, magazines, newspapers and the internet. We have a state of the art 22 position digital language laboratory and interactive whiteboards in every classroom with internet access.

 

Students have additional conversation classes with the Spanish Foreign Language Assistant and there is a series of Spanish Society activities including the opportunity to watch Spanish films and focus on aspects of Spanish and South American culture. There is also the opportunity to take part in an exchange programme with a school in Argentina. Students are offered the chance to teach English to some young Argentinian pupils and have Spanish lessons whilst at school in Argentina. During the afternoons there are several excursions with their exchange partners.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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