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Spanish AS/A2 Level at The Basildon Academies Sixth Form

Course description

This is a topic based course. Work in class involves mainly listening and
reading activities leading to oral discussion and role play. Students are
expected to take an active part in the lessons whether in pairs, group work
or whole-class work. Students must be prepared to undertake additional
reading and research in their own time.

By the end of the course you will be able to:
• understand authentic written and spoken Spanish
• discuss a wide variety of issues in Spanish
• speak and write Spanish with a high level of accuracy
• research and present important aspects of Spanish society

Course content

AS/A2 level students take:

Unit 1
AS unit 1 is called 'Spoken Expression and Response in Spanish'. Students are
required to show their ability to converse on a topic that they have chosen from
one of four general topic areas, each of which includes subtopics. They are:
Education and employment (education policy & student issues/higher education/
world of work) Lifestyle, health and fitness (sport & exercise/food & diet/ health
issues) The world around us (tourism travel/transport/ weather /pollution /recycling)  Youth culture and concerns (music & fashion/ technology /relationships / drink / drugs/ sex).

Unit 2
AS unit 2 is called Understanding and Written Response in Spanish'. This unit requires students to understand Spanish and convey their understanding of it. In addition, they have to produce an essay to demonstrate an ability to manipulate Spanish in continuous writing. The unit draws upon the four general topic areas aforementioned.

Unit 3
A2 unit 3 is called 'Understanding and Spoken Response in Spanish'. Students
should undertake research into a completely free choice of issue, which does
not need to relate to Spanish culture, society or general topic areas. They will
develop language skills that enable them to communicate effectively, accurately
and confidently in spoken Spanish.

Unit 4
A2 unit 4 is called 'Research, Understanding and Written Response in Spanish'.
This unit requires students to demonstrate advanced skills Spanish.

Entry requirements

General Sixth Form


Unit 1: Section A: At the exam, students will be given a stimulus connected with
their chosen topic area. They will study it for 15 minutes and then, will be
asked four Edexcel-set questions on that stimulus, expressing an opinion or a
reaction to it. Section B: The teacher then engages the student in a discussion
that, away from the main focus of the stimulus.

Unit 2 : Students sit a two hour 30 minute examination. Section A is a Listening
comprehension Section B is readingcomprehension. The questions are linked to a range of exercises including some that require responses in Spanish and some in English. Section C is an essay.

Unit 3 is an oral examination. It is based on the work students have done for unit 3

Unit 4 is a 2 hour 30 minute examination.

Future opportunities

Spanish A Level is suitable if not essential for those going on to study Modern
Languages or Latin American Studies. It could lead to a combined degree alongside,
for example, Business, Management, Law or Linguistics. Languages are important in
many careers and walks of life.

Fluency in Spanish opens up educational, employment and travel opportunities,
especially in Europe, Latin America and the US, where Spanish is the most widely
spoken language after English. Students find it an accessible and attractive
language to learn.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Basildon Academies Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 -2 Years