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Spanish A Level at Maricourt Catholic High School

Course description

- Mastery of Spanish is becoming an increasingly valued skill in international business and commerce

- It is a truly global language along with English and Chinese. It is the official first language of 22 countries, with half a billion speakers.

- Spanish provides a window into the rich and varied cultural heritages of Spain and Latin America and Spanish graduates have superb opportunities to travel to these exciting and beautiful places as part of their work.

- The Business and Finance industries in Spain and Latin America are reflecting the increasing importance of these countries on the world stage so demand for workers with Spanish has increased dramatically in recent years.

- On average, people who use languages such as Spanish in their job earn 8% more than their colleagues.

- Success in languages demonstrates to employers that you have many desirable skills. The ability to communicate is an obvious one but others include: editing and proof-reading skills, report–writing and summarising, formal and informal speaking, listening skills, mental agility and verbal accuracy

- Increased cultural awareness

Course content

Year 12: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills. Topics include the Media /leisure), Tourism, Healthy living, Family and Relationships, Education and careers.

Year 13: You will continue to develop the four communication skills studying the Environment, Multicultural Society, Social issues, one Spanish language film and one cultural topic relating to the Spanish Speaking World.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above at GCSE.


2 externally assessed papers in each year.

Unit 1 (Summer Term, Year 12) – 15 minute speaking exam

Unit 2 (Summer Term, Year 12) – 2½-hour comprehension and written exam

Unit 3 (Summer Term, Year 13) – 20 minute speaking exam

Unit 4 (Summer Term, Year 13) – 3 hour comprehension and written exam

Future opportunities

As well as the obvious path of translation, interpreting and teaching, Spanish also provides avenues into business, journalism, tourism, research and the Civil Service as well as a host of other careers paths open to all Arts and Humanities graduates with additional training /study such as law, accountancy, estate agency, town planning and management.

Further information

You will have the opportunity to travel to Spain in Year 12 for a one-week Work Experience, a course or an exchange with a Spanish person of your age in Santander or Almería. This is not obligatory but is invaluable in improving speaking skills, cultural knowledge and confidence. You will have one hour of conversation a week with a native speaker. We use a variety of strategies including use of film and broadcasts, research, group work, workshops at Universities as well as the usual more traditional methods.

It is essential that you enjoy the challenge of learning and speaking Spanish at GCSE. The sixth form course is demanding but very rewarding if you are motivated and willing to work hard. We will expect you to have high standards of responsibility and commitment in meeting deadlines, researching in your own time and doing extra reading at home.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Maricourt Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 February 2017

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