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Spanish A level at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School

Course description

You will learn to communicate at a higher level in Spanish through developing your competence in the four language skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Listening, Reading and Writing (60%):

You will learn to listen and to understand contemporary spoken Spanish and answer questions on what you have heard. Recording may include informal dialogue, news items and interviews and talks or discuessions of a more formal nature.

You will develop your ability to read, understand and extract information from written passages of Spanish which may be in the form of a narrative, interview, or informative or argumentative articles.

You will also develop your writing skills through essay-writing, grammar and translation exercises. At A Level you will also be required to write an essay on one area of the Guided Studies option.

AS: Written Examination: 2 hours 30 minutes.
A2: Written Examination: 3 hours.

Speaking (40%):

You will become more competent at holding conversations in Spanish. In your AS examination you will be required to engage in a discussion on your personal interests, studies and future plans/aspirations and a discussion on two of the AS topics.

At Advanced Level, in addition to a structured discussion on one of the A Level topics, you will give an oral exposé on a film, book or region you have studied.

AS: Assessed by one 12-14 minute exam.
A2: Assessed by above + 20 minute exam.

Guided Studies:

At A2, you will study one or two of the following options chosen by you subject teachers:

  • The World of Cinema
  • The World of Literature
  • The Regions of Spain

If you are interested in languaes and communication, and you enjoy learning about other cultures andw ays of life, then this course could be suitable for you. Similarly if you are interested in the business world, in travel or tourism or in journalism and the media, then you are likely to find this course appropriate. Whether you want to use Spanish for work, for further study, training, or for leuise, this course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge.

Course content

Prescribed Topics for Study:

  • Leisure and Lifestyles: including travel and tourism; sport; hobbies; entertainment; customs; traditions; healthy living - health and nutrition, diet and exercise; unhealthy living - drugs, aids, smoking, alcohol etc.
  • The Individual and Society: including relationships and responsibilites; gender issues; youth culture (values, peer groups, fashion etc.);  education; vocational training and future careers.
  • Environmental issues: including technology, polution, global warming, transport, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling and sustainability.
  • Social and Political Issues: including the role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integration, terrorism, world of work.


Entry requirements

You will need to have a desire to improve your communication skills through personal reading of Spanish newspapers, magazines etc., through listening to Spanish broadcasts and watching Spanish TV and DVD's and through establishing personal contacts in Spain.

You will need to feel confident in all four language skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. You will need to be able to analyse the grammatical structure of the language. You will need to show a capacity for personal study and consistent application. You will need to be able to participate in group work.

You will need to achieve a good grade in GCSE Spanish to cope with AS/A Level Spanish.

Future opportunities

At the end of the course there will be a range of opportunites open to you. You may wish to choose to follow a degree course in Spanish or a Higher Education course in another subject with Spanish alongside it.

The subject has relevance to careers in teaching, interpreting and translating, journalism, broadcasting, travel and tourism and will improve your employability in commerce and industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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