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Spanish AS and A Level at Okehampton College

Course description

We look at contemporary and topical issues to develop language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Your communication skills will be developed by a greater understanding of the Hispanic world.

Course content

Areas to be covered at AS and A Level

Current trends in Spanish-speaking society, the arts and culture; Social issues and political culture; Grammar and:
for AS: study of 1 literary text or film
for A Level: 1 literary text and 1 film, or 2 literary texts plus an individual research project

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C GCSEs with preferably grade B or above in Spanish.


All examinations will be taken at the end of the course (1 year for AS, 2 years for A Level)


Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing, including translation into English - 40% Paper 2- Writing, including assessment of 1 text or 1 film (250 words) - 30%
Paper 3- Speaking - 30%

A Level:

Paper 1- Listening, Reading, Writing, including translation both ways - 40%
Paper 2- Writing - 2 essays (300 words each) on 1 text and 1 film OR 2 texts - 30%
Paper 3- Speaking - presentation and discussion of individual research project plus discussion of one core theme.

Future opportunities

The world is your oyster! There are lots of opportunities. You can use your language skills in many jobs now including: law, finance, sales and marketing, management, transport, engineering, manufacturing, travel and tourism, ICT, journalism, translation, interpreting, import/export and education. Knowledge of a foreign language enhances your prospects in the job market, making you attractive to global companies. Language skills can increase your starting salary in many professions. Multi-national companies, and an increasing number of UK businesses who do business abroad have a vested interest in recruiting linguists. If you continue studying languages at university level, you will also have the opportunity to work and/or study abroad as part of your degree. This is a wonderful way to explore other countries and enjoy valuable life experience.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Okehampton College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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