Spanish A Level at Liskeard School and Community College
Spanish is proving increasingly popular, and deservedly so. It is one of the foremost world languages, spoken by some 400 million people. It is the main language not only of Spain but also of nearly all of the countries of Central and South America, and has become a major influence in the United States. Knowledge of Spanish gives access to a vibrant culture, which is incredibly rich and varied, and students gain far more than simply an ability to speak and write the language.
We enter for the AQA AS and A2 examinations. Topics covered at AS include media, popular culture, fashion trends and healthy living. At A2, students study the environment, Spain’s multicultural society and its contemporary social issues, and conduct in depth studies of a Spanish novel and a modern Spanish film, "El Laberinto de Pan".
We normally expect students to have grade A or B GCSE.
Unit 1 – Listening, reading and writing: A 2 hour exam. For the listening element students listen to a sound track on computer. They have individual control to play and replay as much as they need to.
Unit 2 – Speaking: A 15 minute oral exam, conducted by your teacher.
A2: The tests are more demanding. Students who succeed will be able to communicate well in the language at a fairly sophisticated level.
Unit 3 - Listening, reading and writing: A 2½ hour exam with listening element played on individual computers as in Unit 1.
Unit 4 - Speaking: A 15 minute oral exam, conducted by your teacher.
A language A level is a very valuable addition to any CV, and helps open doors to all sorts of careers, for example in the areas of tourism, marketing, law and the civil service. Additionally success at this level of language shows linguistic ability and a capacity to be well organised and disciplined.
Universities look very favourably on a good language A level in applications to all sorts of degree courses. In particular there are many opportunities to take up new languages at university: at least one past student of languages at Liskeard went on to study Chinese and Japanese! His grade A helped to convince his university that he had the linguistic talent to take on this challenge. Other students have gone on to study speech therapy and linguistics.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Liskeard School and Community College directly.