COURSE CONTENT AND AIMS

Spanish A level aims to develop students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, in order to provide students with the means to express their ideas through the language. The use of Spanish as the principal means of communication in the classroom plays an important part in this course and prepares students for role-play, discussion and general conversation in the final exam. 

Spanish is the world’s second most spoken language, after Chinese, and is the second most used language in international communication. By 2030, 7.5% of the world’s population will be native Spanish speakers, approximately 535 million people. In 3 or 4 generations, it is estimated that 10% of the world’s population will understand Spanish. It is the mother tongue of approximately 426 million people in the world and is the official language in 21 countries. Learning Spanish will increasingly open doors to new job opportunities and international trade. Not only is learning Spanish becoming increasingly crucial in terms of the global economy, it can also play a major role in your own personal development. The Spanish passion for living is contagious, and once you start to learn about their language and culture, you won’t ever want to stop.

PROGRESSION

A level Spanish can help with many career paths. For those who want to specialise in language, there is translation, teaching or interpreting. For those looking towards a career in travel, business, media, hospitality and tourism, being proficient in a language will give you even broader career options in a number of fields including engineering and designing. Spanish, as with any foreign language, is an invaluable asset in the vast majority of employment sectors and vocations. It can also be readily combined with many other degree subjects at university. Leaving university with the ability to converse fluently in Spanish will only increase the opportunities available to you.

ASSESSMENT

Paper 1: (Listening, Reading and Writing) (50% of A level)

  • Aspects of Hispanic society
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
  • Aspects of political life in Hispanic society
  • Grammar

Paper 2: (Writing) (20% of A level)

  • One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
  • Grammar
  • Paper 3: (Speaking) (30% of A level)
  • Individual reasearch project
  • One of four sub-themes related to Hispanic society

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

For admission to A Level Spanish, our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above.
  • Students will need to have achieved a grade 6 or above in Spanish.