|Specific Course Entry Requirements||Grade 6 in Spanish|
|Examination Levels Offered||AS and A2 Level|
If you have a desire to communicate, to experience a variety of different cultures and to express your opinions about a variety of issues relevant to young people today, then Spanish A-level is the course for you. Spanish is the third most widely spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese and English. It is also regarded as an enjoyable language to learn. By the end of the course you should be able to communicate confidently and quite fluently in Spanish.
The A-level Spanish course is a two year course, and will be examined at the end of Year 13. The AS qualification is a stand alone qualification which will be completed at the end of Year 12. Throughout the course you will develop your independent language creation skills: developing a range of vocabulary and broadening your grammatical understanding and application.
In Year 12, you will develop your language skills from GCSE and will look specifically at the following topics:
- Developments in Spanish society: Family life, the World of Work, Tourism in Spain
- Artistic and Political culture in the Spanish-speaking world: Music, Media and Festivals and traditions
In addition to this you will complete an in depth study of a modern Spanish film.
In Year 13, you will build on the topics from Year 12, and will also study:
- Immigration and Spanish multicultural society
- The Franco dictatorship and the path to democracy
In addition to this you will complete an in depth study of a Spanish novel or play. You will also complete an independent research project into an aspect of your choice of contemporary Spanish-speaking society and culture which will form the basis of the A-level speaking exam.
For each qualification you will take the following units:
- Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Translation (1 hour 50 minutes)
- Unit 2: Written response (1 hour 40 minutes at AS level; 2 hours 40 minutes at A-level)
- Unit 3: Speaking (12-15 minutes at AS level; 16-18 minutes at A-level)
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