A Level - Spanish
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
A Level Spanish will take your knowledge of the Spanish language to the next level, but will also give you the opportunity to explore fascinating aspects of Hispanic social, cultural and political life. The emphasis of study at A Level is on learning more about how the language works, mastering grammatical structures, expanding vocabulary and gathering knowledge, understanding and opinions about a range of more advanced topics that go beyond the personal information you focused on at GCSE.
Students will have many opportunities to develop confidence and competence in the key exam skills using a variety of up to date authentic sources and materials (audio, video, printed, on-line), teaching strategies and topic areas.
Throughout the A level course students will:
- develop knowledge and understanding of aspects of hispanic society, culture and history of the country or countries where Spanish is spoken, studying themes from each of the following areas:
- Year 1 Aspects of Spanish-speaking society: current trends (the changing nature of the family, the "cyber-society", the role of voluntary work)
- Year 2 Aspects of Spanish-speaking society: current issues (features of a diverse society, life for the marginalised, how criminals are treated)
- Year 1 Artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world: (cultural heritage, contemporary francophone music, cinema)
- Year 2 Aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world: (young people’s involvement in politics, the right to vote, unions, strikes and demonstrations, politics and immigration)study a film in year one
- Study one text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
- Year 2 Independent Research Project on a topic of personal interest
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE COURSE?
Grade 6 in GCSE Spanish. If this has not been studied, applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
If you choose to study Spanish, you will usually take it alongside two other A levels, though it is sometimes possible for students who achieve high average GCSE grades to add Spanish to their programme of three other subjects.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
- Listening, Reading and Translation - 50% of A Level (NB A level listening is individual with headphones and controlled by the candidate)
- Writing (on film and book) - 20% of A Level
- Speaking (stimulus card + independent research project) - 30% of A Level
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
There are no charges to study on any of our courses.
WHAT IS THE DURATION?
This is a two year course.
WHAT IS THE UCAS POINTS TARIFF FOR THIS COURSE?
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Course Type A Level
- Duration 2 Years
- Awarding Body AQA