Spanish Edexcel AS Level at Littleover Community School
"it you talk to o man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his head"
- Nelson Mandela
Spanish language, culture of Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries, practical and valuable transferable study skills
Students considering this course should:-
- Have achieved a good grade at GCSE level.
- Have an interest in learning the language as well as learning about the culture and history of Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.
- Have an interest in studying foreign literature and cinema.
- Have a willingness to communicate both orally and in writing.
- Apply important transferable skills from other subjects and GCSE to persuade, analyse and give critical responses in the foreign language.
A level Spanish is a 2 year linear examination in which the material studied in Year 1 forms the basis of a standalone AS qualification.
Unit 1: Listening, reading and translation
Students will be assessed on their understanding of spoken and written Spanish from a variety of types of authentic texts and listening material, as well as their ability to translate accurately from Spanish into English.
Unit 2: Written response to works and translation
Students will develop a detailed understanding and appreciation of the literary work studied.
They will be expected to write critical responses in Spanish to the literature relating to aspects such as the form and the technique of presentation, key concepts and issues and the social context, as appropriate to the work studied.
Finally, students will manipulate language accurately through translating an unseen passage from English into Spanish.
Unit 3: Speaking
Students will demonstrate their ability to summarise information from written sources and respond orally to these and to express viewpoints, justify opinions and develop informed arguments relating to the cultural and social context.
Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.
We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.
The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set.
Specific entry criteria:
GCSE graded A*-B in Spanish.
- Unit 1: Listening, reading and translation examination
- Unit 2: Written response to works and translation examination
- Unit 3: Speaking examination
Language skills are highly valued by employers within a wide range of job sectors.
"The intellectual challenge of studying languages is in itself hugely enjoyable but our graduates are also highly employable"
Dr Stuart Davis, Senior Lecturer in Spanish at Girton College, University of Cambridge.
- Just incorporating a language into your degree can set yourself ahead of the rest when applying for jobs once University is over.
- An A level language complements a whole variety of subjects. You may need languages for all sorts of career destinations- doctors, psychologists and physiotherapists need language skills to communicate effectively with patients whether they work in the UK or overseas.
- Studying languages shows a high level of communication skills, the ability to work independently and that you are mature, confident and can easily adapt to different situations and cultures. These skills are essential in the multicultural, global society that we live in.
A language degree is 4 years long, as you spend the third year abroad in a foreign country. You'll have many new cultural experiences, such as eating local food, visiting places you'd never heard of and celebrating local traditions.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.