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Spanish A Level at Sydenham School - Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form

Course description

If you are inspired by language and culture, have enjoyed and excelled in your language studies so far and want to get ahead in an international world, then an A-Level Language is a smart choice!

Students who choose A-Level Languages develop the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE, gain a useful insight into another culture and reflect on various aspects of contemporary society. They also enhance their employment prospects, facilitate foreign travel and experience the enjoyment and motivation of improving their linguistic level.

A qualification in a Language also looks impressive on university and career applications.

Course content

Year 12

  • Aspects of society: Modern and traditional values. Cyberspace. Equal rights
  • Artistic culture: Modern day idols. Spanish regional identity. Cultural heritage and landscape
  • Grammar
  • Literary texts and films: Either one text or one film from a set list.

Year 13

Year 12 topics plus:

  • Multicultural society: Immigration, Integration, Racism
  • Aspects of political life: Today's youth, tomorrow's citizens. Monarchies, republics and dictatorships Popular movements
  • Grammar
  • Literary texts and films: Either one text and one film or two texts from a set list
  • Individual research project

Entry requirements

Grade B or higher in GCSE Spanish (including a B or above in the Higher Reading and Listening papers) and a keen interest in developing your linguistic skills.

Minimum point score of 38 including Maths and English at grade 4 at GCSE. This is equivalent to 4B and 4C grades overall at GCSE. Students will also need to achieve the subject specific criteria below:

NEW GCSE POINT SCORE GCSE grade 2017 Points:

  • G 1.00
  • F 1.50
  • E 2.00
  • D 3.00
  • C 4.00
  • B 5.50
  • A 7.00
  • A* 8.50


Reformed A levels are two year linear courses. This means that the whole course is assessed at the end of Year 13.

AS qualifications are also available in the reformed subjects and the content of these may be co-teachable with the first year of the A Level course. AS examinations for these courses are Stand Alone qualifications and do not contribute to the final A level grade.

Students starting on a reformed/linear A level in September 2017 will be required to sit a formal exam at the end of Year 12, this may be the AS Stand Alone qualification. The formal exam at the end of Year 12 will give students an important indication of how their learning is progressing and will ensure that students are ready to progress into Year 13.

Students must achieve a D grade or better in all of their A Level courses in the Year 12 examinations to progress to Year 13. Students will usually study 3 A Level subjects or BTEC equivalent although some students may be able to take 4.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sydenham School - Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017
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