Why should I study this course?
Choose this course if you are keen to communicate in Spanish at a higher level, are interested in the Spanish-speaking world, enjoy travel and want a qualification which is highly regarded by both employers and universities. Students can progress to careers as tour guides, interpreters, translators, travel agents and teachers to name but a few.
Spanish is spoken in 21 countries. Around 400 million people speak Spanish as a native language, second only to Mandarin Chinese. There are 500 million speakers worldwide.
The skills and qualifications gained from studying Spanish at A Level will put you at an advantage when competing for jobs in our multilingual global society.
What will I study?
The subject content of the course can be divided into three sections:
Social issues and trends
You will study the following in relation to at least one Spanish speaking country: Aspects of Hispanic society – modern and traditional values, cyberspace, and equal rights. Multiculturalism - immigration, racism, integration.
Political and artistic culture
You will study the following trends: Artistic Culture in the Hispanic World and Aspects of Political Life in the Hispanic World.
Literacy texts and films
You will study either one text and one film or two texts from a given list.
You will also need to show an interest in current affairs and having an interest in the culture of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world would be a great advantage.
How is the course assessed?
This linear course is a 100% examination based qualification with no coursework to complete. The final grade is determined as a result of taking three examinations at the end of the second year. These examinations cover all the content that you have covered over the two years of study. The examinations themselves are as follows:
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing. 2.5 hours in length. 40% of the A Level marks.
Paper 2: Writing. 2 hours. 30% of the A Level marks.
Paper 3: Speaking. 25 minutes. 30% of the A Level marks.
What will the course prepare me for?
This course will enable you to embark on a degree in Spanish or one of the many combined degrees now available which will give you the kind of diverse qualification many employers are looking for in the global economy.
You will be expected to complete at least 4 hours of private study a week and attend a weekly conversation class. You will also need to show an interest in current affairs and have an interest in the culture of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world would be a great advantage.
What materials will I need to provide?
The college will provide you will basic text books and learning materials. You will need to provide paper, pens and other writing materials. We would advise you to obtain a bilingual dictionary once you start the course.
How will I be taught?
You will experience a wide variety of learning activities during the course to practice and improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This will include online interactive learning, group work and conversation classes. You will also have the opportunity of taking part in a trip to Spain.
This course is for you if...
- You are keen to communicate in Spanish at a higher level
- You are interested in the Spanish-speaking world
- You enjoy travel
- You want a qualification which is highly regarded by both employers and universities.
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What are the course requirements?
Five 9 - 4 (A* - C) grades at GCSE including a minimum of grade 4 (C) in English and a grade 4 (C) in Spanish.
If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.
All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.
What skills do I need?
- Good listening skills
- Good communication skills both spoken and written
- Effective study skills