BASIC COURSE DETAILS
The A-level Spanish specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society. The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or to further study, including a modern languages degree.
A level Spanish is a two-year course, which prepares students for the AQA specification examination.
IS IT FOR ME?
If you feel passionate about linguistics, how a language works and evolves, this is the right course for you. Furthermore you will want to develop a cultural understanding of Spanish including all its grammatical aspects. Develop your ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate recognised literary and cinematographic pieces of art in a systematic and thorough manner.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
The specification has been designed to be studied over two years. The approach is a focus on how Spanish-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally and how it continues to change. In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of Spanish-speaking countries. In the second year further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on matters associated with multiculturalism. Students also study aspects of the political landscape including the future of political life in the Hispanic world by focusing on young people and their political engagement.
You must also study either one book and one film or two books from the lists in this specification. They must appreciate, analyse and be able to respond critically in writing in Spanish to the work you have studied. Your understanding of the work must include a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and the technique of presentation as appropriate to the work studied (eg the effect of narrative voice in a prose text or camera-work in a film).
WHAT DOES STUDYING SPANISH LEAD ON TO?
A Level Spanish student can go on to study the subject at Degree level at university. This can lead to a career in as a translator, interpreter, broadcast journalism and many other many fields such as health, education, business to name a few. The transferable communication, evaluation and analytical skills you will develop studying Spanish are also relevant to many occupations involving interactions with other people in another language.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
The course is externally assessed by three 2 hour examinations at the end of Year 13: listening, Reading and writing (50%), Writing (20%) and Speaking (oral exam 21-23 min). There is no coursework.