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Spanish at Bay House School and Sixth Form

Course description

This course looks at the rich and varied culture of the Hispanic world, including topics such as tourism, education, family life, racism and the environment.

Two films and a play or book may be studied that give contrasting views of Spanish life and history.

The course aims to foster an understanding of the cultural, social, commercial and political background of the countries in which Spanish is spoken, as well as providing enjoyment and intellectual stimulation.

Students are expected to keep up-to-date with current affairs and undertake personal study outside of the classroom, such as reading newspapers, magazines, listening to or watching news bulletins.

Students will have regular sessions with a native speaker; they are also encouraged to visit Spanishspeaking countries and will have the  opportunity to participate in a trip to Spain.

Course content

AS Level  

Being a young person in Spanish-speaking society

  • Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships/relationships
  • Youth trends, issues and personal identity
  • Educational and employment opportunities

Understanding the Spanish speaking world

  • Regional culture and heritage in Spain, Spanish speaking countries and communities
  • Literature, art, film and music in the Spanish -speaking world

  A Level (in addition to AS themes above)

Diversity and difference

Migration and integration

  • Cultural identity and marginalisation
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
  • Discrimination and diversity


The two Spains: 1936 onwards

  • El franquismo – origins, development and consequences
  • Post-Civil War Spain – historical and political repercussions
  • The Spanish Civil War and the transition to democracy (represented in the arts, cinema, literature, art and photography)
  • Spain – coming to terms with the past? "Recuperación de la memoria histórica"

Students will also study one text OR one film at AS level and one text AND one film at A level


Entry requirements

English Language - C
Spanish – B
At least one B grade in another literate subject


AS Level 

  • Unit 1: Oral, AS 30 %
  • Unit 2: Listening, reading and translation, AS 50 %               
  • Unit 3: Critical response in writing, AS 20 %


A Level

  • Unit 1: Oral, A Level 30 %
  • Unit 2: Listening, reading and translation,  A Level 50 %
  • Unit 3: Critical and analytical response in writing, A Level 20 %

Further information

Independent home study

Tasks for study outside classes will include extensive reading of Spanish books and periodicals; making use of self-study resources including listening to CDs and Spanish  radio; researching topics independently through the Library and internet; grammar practice, and working individually with the Spanish Assistant.

Visits abroad

Students will be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to visit Spain, either through a school visit or as part of an exchange.  Alternatively, they may make private travel arrangements.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bay House School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2016

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