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Spanish A Level at Tor Bridge High

Course description

Communication is the key to unlock your future! It has always been an advantage to speak at least one modern foreign language, but it is now essential. The need to compete with people from other countries in an international job market is now a reality. British businesses are dealing with non-English speaking countries and 75% of employers seek applicants with a working knowledge of a foreign language. The increasing requirement of commerce and industry for personnel to work or travel abroad and function in a modern foreign language must now be recognised. The Spanish A-Level course will develop your independent learning skills, making you an
attractive candidate for Higher Education and/or a range of high calibre career options.

Course content

Successful completion of this course will give students a solid grounding in Spanish language skills and knowledge of Spanish-speaking culture and society.

Y12 topics include social issues and trends in modern Hispanic society such as women’s rights, multiculturalism and the changing nature of the virtual world. In addition, you will study the award-winning Spanish film ‘Ocho Apellidos Vascos’.

Y13 topics include political life and artistic culture in Spanishspeaking countries, including life under Franco, great architecture, and the current economic situation in Spain. You will also study a text in detail ’La Casa de Bernarda Alba’ by Lorca and will have the opportunity to conduct an in depth individual research project on a topic of your choice.

Learning activities cover all four language skills: listening, reading, writing and responding in Spanish/English, and speaking through role-play, debates, topic discussion and presentations. There may also be an opportunity to take part
in an exchange trip to Madrid to improve your language skills in the Easter Holidays.

Entry requirements

All students will be considered on individual merit. Our expectations are that students applying to study this Level 3 course for two years will have achieved a grade B or above in Spanish (or an equivalent Level 2 qualification). In some cases entry onto A-Level courses may be on a trial basis and will be dependent on performance. We welcome applications from enthusiastic students with a commitment to study.


Assessment will be by end-of-course examination in Year 13.

There are three papers.
Paper 1 Written — (2.5 hours, 50% of final mark) listening and responding/reading and responding/translation
Paper 2 Written — (2 hours, 20% of final mark) one essay about film studied, one essay about book studied
Paper 3 Speaking — (25mins approx., 30% of final mark)
Part 1 — debate about topic
Part 2 — Presentation of individual research project

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tor Bridge High directly.

Last updated date: 17 January 2018

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