This is a stimulating and challenging course which aims to develop the student’s love of the Spanish language by using it to discuss aspects of modern day society and by analysing its grammar in greater depth than is possible at GCSE level. The skills assessed are the familiar ones of listening, speaking, reading and writing but lessons emphasise discussion and the development of students’ views and opinions. In addition to classroom lessons, students also have access to the Spanish Assistant.
Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing
(2 hour 30 minutes exam)
Students will be assessed in these skills across a range of topics that build on students’ prior knowledge at GCSE, including Media, Healthy Living, Tourism and Leisure, Education, and Family and Relationships.
Unit 2: Speaking
(20 minute exam)
The Speaking Exam will assess students’ speaking abilities through a role play and also conversation and discussion on the above topics.
Unit 3: Listening, Reading and Writing
(2 hour 45 minutes exam)
Students will study a range of topics which stress the international dimension including Environment, The Multicultural Society and Contemporary Social Issues. In addition they may also study cultural topics based on Spanish-speaking history, geography, literature and culture.
Unit 4: Speaking
(20 minute exam)
Students’ speaking skills will be assessed through conversation and discussion on the same topics as covered in Unit 3.
Foreign language skills are much sought after in the work place and an A Level in Spanish is good preparation for any student entering employment in the 21st Century. At university French can be studied either in combination with another language or with almost any other subject and leads to careers in sales, marketing, business, journalism, engineering, the civil service – in fact, in just about anything!
GCSE GRADE PROFILE
Students studying Spanish at this level should normally have A* to C grades in a range of subjects at GCSE level. In order to cope with the level of written accuracy required for A level study, students should have at least a grade B in Spanish.