Spanish - A Level - Year 1

Did you know that Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages with over 577 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.

Spanish A Level is a 2 year course which 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.

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.

Course units will include:

  • Aspects of Spanish-speaking society - including Modern & Traditional Values
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world - Modern Day Idols, Spanish Regional Identity and Cultural Heritage
  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society - Immigration, Racism and Integration
  • Aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world - Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Citizens, Monarchies & Dictatorships 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.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are at the end of the second year and will include:

  • 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 achieve at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6, including Spanish and 3 at Grade 5, including English

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching and Business HNC/D
  • University - related degree, such as Spanish, Marketing, and Business Studies
  • Careers - This course is ideal if you are interested in a career as a Teacher, Linguist, Journalist, Translator/Interpreter, Banker, Travel Representative, Flight Attendant or Logistics Administrator.

Additional information

The Languages programme at Halesowen College is much more than classroom-based activities. The range of extra-curricular events, such as trips to European cities, university language days, master-classes and an opportunity to write to fellow Spanish students will enable you to practice your language skills and develop a deeper understanding of the culture and society of Spanish-speaking countries.

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