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Students choose A Level Spanish because they have a love of the language and a strong interest in the culture and society of Spanish-speaking countries.
We like to offer the opportunity to spend a week on an exchange with our partner school in Zaragoza. Spanish is a popular subject and students have achieved excellent results over the past few years. The course appeals to students who want to learn to communicate fluently in Spanish by exploring increasingly sophisticated topics of current and cultural interest.
Head of Spanish
“I’m pleased I chose this subject as I have learnt so much more about the Hispanic culture than I ever thought I would. Although GCSE was a great start, I feel that A Level Spanish has made me so much more aware of the fascinating things happening in Hispanic countries which we don’t tend to learn about until A Level. I’ve really enjoyed learning about the Franco regime. We get to experience so many different ways of learning whether that is through conversation, videos/documentaries, textbook work or our own research. This makes A Level Spanish an enjoyable learning journey for everyone!” (Danni)
We understand the starting point of post-GCSE students and we take you step by step to a much higher level. Progress is very rapid, both in terms of linguistic and cognitive challenge, so this is an ideal course for talented linguists who want to think and express themselves.
Language skills are much in demand with employers and universities alike. The Russell Group of universities emphasise that a language A Level is a ‘facilitating subject’ which will be well regarded for almost any university course. Having a language is often the key to getting a foot in the door for that all-important first job, in any competitive career.
We follow the AQA specification.
We have developed a course which interlinks all the key elements throughout the two years. This means that you will learn vocabulary and grammar to thoroughly match the topic areas you are tackling. In addition, elements such as independent research, cultural knowledge and literary text will be woven into every topic area. We will balance the focus on preparing you for the exam, with a strong emphasis on developing your ability to speak fluently and naturally.
The topics you will study will develop your understanding of current social, political and artistic trends in Spain and Hispanic countries. This will include the study of books and films in Spanish. We will equip you with the grammatical knowledge and vocabulary you need and build your ability to express yourself with increasing spontaneity and sophistication.
Paper 1: Listening, reading, translation
Paper 2: Written essays on the film and book/s you have studied
Paper 3: Speaking exam on elements of culture, art or society in the Spanish-speaking world, including an Extended Research Project.
Minimum 65444 including 6 in Spanish GCSE and 5 in English GCSE.