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Spanish - WJEC Eduqas A Level at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College

Course description

Head of Department: Ms. Y. Sperry


Department Information

One member of staff delivers the A level course. The Spanish Department is outstanding with staff who have excellent subject knowledge and over 20 years’ experience teaching MFL. Students have access to a large variety of commercial and teacher-produced resources. All students access audio material on individual i-pods and have individual and constant access to digital and interent resources via individual iPads. One-one teacher coaching for speaking and individual and personalised feedback for all skills.


Why study this course?

• Communication and adaptability skills: An obvious benefit to learning a new language is to be able to communicate with the people who speak it including people you meet when travelling as well as people in your own community.

• Cultural understanding: Speaking another language helps you to get to know about other people and cultures; it gives you a wider view of the world.

• Brain power! Foreign language study can help to increase problem-solving skills, memory, self-discipline, grammatical and linguistic understanding of your own language.

Course content

Course outline

Two main themes in Year 12, plus the following:


· Diversity and difference

· Migration and integration

· Cultural identity and marginalisation

· Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference

· Discrimination and diversity

· The two Spains: 1936 onwards

· El franquismo – origins, development and consequences

· Post-Civil War Spain – historical and political repercussions

· The Spanish Civil War and the transition to democracy (represented in the arts, cinema, literature, art and photography)

· Spain – coming to terms with the past? "Recuperación de la memoria histórica"

· “Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios" feature film by director Pedro Almodóvar

A Spanish novel – El otro árbol de Guernica by Luis de Castresana

Entry requirements

At least a 5 or above in the language at GCSE


How am I assessed?

The WJEC A-level exam in the following components at the end of year 13


Component 1. Speaking (21-23 minutes) (30% of A-level)

Task 1- Presentation and discussion of an independent research topic of an aspect that interests you related to the countries or communities where Spanish is spoken.

Task 2 – Discussion based on a written stimulus


Component 2. Listening, Reading & Translation (2h30) (50% of A-level)

Listening – True/False answers, multiple choice answers, answers to questions in Spanish

Reading – Gap fill tasks and answers to questions in Spanish

Translation – One translation into English. One translation into Spanish. (100 words each)


Component 3. Critical response in writing. (2 hours) (20% of A-level)

Two essays of 300 words each; on the film and one on the novel in which you write a critical response referring to characters, themes, structure and social & historical context.

Future opportunities

Where does this course lead?

MFL students in the UK find it easier to get jobs


Research carried out by Keith Marshall at the University of Bangor shows that year on year language graduates have lower rates of unemployment than graduates in the great majority of other subjects.


There is a wider choice of jobs for MFL students.


By choosing languages, you're enhancing your career options. Language graduates have a whole range of career opportunities open to them, including manufacturing, sales, banking/finance, community/social services, transport/communications.


Having knowledge of a foreign language gives you the edge over competitors.


Speaking more than one language will increase your marketability. Colleges, universities and employers prefer or are impressed by candidates who speak one or more foreign languages. You can earn up to £3000 more per year.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year