Why choose this course?
As an A-level Spanish student, you will have the opportunity to develop a real-world skill through a varied course, which includes dealing with topical social and political issues as well as film and literature. An individual research project will also help you to develop key skills for higher education.
In the world of work, knowledge of a modern language is a shortage skill in Britain and is therefore highly valued by
employers. Consequently, students with language skills can earn salaries of between 10-15% higher than those without them.
In higher education, an A-level in Spanish is one of the facilitating subjects at Advanced level for entry to the prestigious Russell Group Universities.
Course Content/Main Topics
Students will study a range of social, political and cultural issues relating to one or more Spanish-speaking country. These include:
• Technological change
• Modern v traditional values
• Popular movements
• TV, film and music stars
• Food culture
Students will also study one Spanish-language film and one literary text.
In addition, students will undertake a research project on an aspect of a Spanish-speaking country of interest to them.
Careers and Higher Education
At university, Spanish can be studied in combination with a wide range of subjects, including business, law, sciences and engineering. Many universities also offer the opportunity to study Spanish in combination with other important world languages (such as Chinese, Arabic, Russian etc.) which can be studied from beginner level. Students can therefore go into a wide range of career areas, including translation and interpreting, teaching, international business and manufacture.
Students will be assessed through 3 final exams at the end of year 13: Paper 1 assesses listening, reading and translation skills and is worth 50% of the A-level; Paper 2 assesses writing skills and is worth 20% of the A-level; Paper 3 is an interview to assess speaking skills and is worth 30% of the A-level.
GCSE Spanish at Grade B or above.
Ms Clare Finnegan
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