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Spanish A Level at Thomas Gainsborough School

Course description

Theme 1: The Changes in Spanish Society

 The change in family structure; The evolution of attitudes toward marriage, relationships and families: The working world; Working life in Spain and attitudes towards work; job opportunities for the young; gender equality; The impact of tourism in Spain; the economic impact; the opportunities offered by tourism; the social and environmental impact.

Theme 2: Culture in Spanish-speaking countries

Music - changes and trends; the impact of music in contemporary culture; The media; television and soap operas: the print media and the Internet; the impact of the media on society and politics; festivals and traditions in Spain

Theme 3: Immigration and multiculturalism in Spain

The positive impact of immigration on Spanish society; the contributions of immigrants in the economy and culture; addressing the challenges of immigration and integration in Spain; the measures taken by local communities; marginalization and isolation from the point of view of immigrants. The social and public reaction to immigration in Spain; the political approach towards immigration and public opinion.

Theme 4: The Franco dictatorship and the transition to democracy

The Spanish Civil War and the rise of Franco, Republicans against nationalists; the divisions in society; the Franco dictatorship; daily life under Franco's dictatorship - political oppression and censorship; the transition from dictatorship to democracy; the role of King Juan Carlos in the transition; the Government of Suarez; the coup of 1981.

Entry requirements

Students require a Grade 5 or above at GCSE Spanish, or substantial experience of speaking the language either at home or while living abroad.


Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation

Paper 2: Written response to works and Translation

Paper 3: Oral (discussion of an issue and research-based project)

Future opportunities

A wide range of careers where a language is a useful extra such as accounting, public relations, journalism, advertising, law, international marketing, administration and many more in this increasingly global world. In addition, more traditional language routes include translating. As part of your course you will be able to do a work experience placement in Spain, during that time you will live with a family and work in area of your interest.

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Please note

During this course you will read and listen to authentic Spanish language materials and will study aspects of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of a country where Spanish is spoken. You will have opportunities to develop your understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, ethical, environmental, health and European issues.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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