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.
Students study various aspects of society, culture and history in Spanish-speaking countries. These are grouped into four main themes.
- Changes in Spanish society
- Political and artistic culture in Spanish-speaking countries
- Immigration and multicultural Spanish society
- The Franco dictatorship and transition to democracy
In addition students will study a Spanish film in year 12 and a literary text in year 13.
The examination board is AQA.
At the end of year 13 students will be assessed on all aspects of the course by means of the following exams.
Unit 1: Listening and Reading
(2 hour 30 minutes exam)
Students will be assessed in these skills across all of the four main themes studied over the two year course. They will also be tested on their ability to translate from Spanish into English.
Unit 2: Writing
(2 hour exam)
Students will be assessed on their ability to criticise and analyse the film and book they have studied, and also to translate into Spanish.
Unit 3: Speaking
(20 minute exam)
Students’ speaking abilities are assessed through discussion of one of the main themes and also their individual research project.
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 Spanish 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 9 to 5 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 6 in Spanish.