Spanish A Level

Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.

Did you know that Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages with
over 450 million speakers worldwide? With increased globalisation and the opportunities offered by email, social networking and video-conferencing, a modern foreign language such as Spanish is an enormous asset in many spheres of life and work. Being fluent in a second language is highly respected in the business world.

Spanish A Level involves the development of four aspects of the language (Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking). It will enhance your understanding of Spanish-speaking countries and their cultural differences.

During the course, you will learn through a variety of exercises including reading and listening comprehension from a range of media sources. You will also present information, opinions and arguments, either orally or in writing.

Through a range of themes, you will consider many aspects of Spanish-speaking society and culture, including the Modern & Traditional Values and Artistic Culture in the Hispanic World. A study of political life will look at topics such as, Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Citizens and Popular Movements.

You will also study a film and a book, and have the opportunity to complete an Individual Research Project (IRP) in preparation for your speaking exam.

The first term includes a diagnostic and bridging course to ensure you have the necessary basic knowledge and skills to achieve your full potential in Spanish.

How will I be assessed?

A combination of assessments includes:

Paper 1 – Listening & Reading comprehension and writing assessment (Translation) - 2 hours 30 minutes

Paper 2 – Writing assessment (Essays on the film and book) – 2 hours

Paper 3 – Speaking (presentation & discussion of IRP and stimulus card) – 23 minutes, including 5 minutes preparation

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 including Spanish and 3 at Grade 5 including English.

Retaking GCSE Maths as part of your programme is required if you do not have a Grade 4.

Where can it take me?

You can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching and Business HNC/D. Alternatively, you could study a degree in a related subject, such as Spanish, Marketing, or Business Studies.

Additional information

Spanish A Level combines well with Business, Economics, English, History and another Modern Foreign Language.

This course is ideal if you are interested in a career as a Teacher, Linguist, Journalist, Translator, Interpreter, Banker, Travel Representative and many others.

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