Why Should You Take This Course?
Keen to be part of the world’s second most spoken language in terms of native speakers and of the 18 million students in the world who study Spanish? Keen to achieve greater fluency, accuracy and confidence in Spanish? Eager to learn more about Spain and Latin America and their vast and rich cultures? Aspire to become a multi-skilled and flexible communicator in a language which is actively demanded by employers, trades and business world-wide? Enjoy intellectual challenge and debate? Motivated with a good work ethic?
If your answer is yes to any or all of the above, then this stimulating course is for you!
The A Level course will build your previous knowledge and understanding of Spanish, therefore it is not suitable for beginners. You will study a series of themes designed to develop knowledge, understanding and critical analysis of the society and culture of the Hispanic World. A Level Spanish is a dynamic and interactive subject where emphasis is placed on practical communication using topical authentic material. Lessons are conducted largely in the target language and during the course you will learn to present cogent viewpoints, develop arguments and analyse both spoken and written material. Independent study is at the heart of your course so you will be expected to take responsibility for improving your language skills by undertaking regular independent study tasks.
Translation is an integral part of the A Level course therefore in your first year, basic grammar will be explained and practised regularly in order to aid accurate and coherent communication. In your second year, you will become competent in using more complex grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions in your speaking and writing.
How will I be assessed?
100% exam. The exam board is AQA. You will sit three exams, consisting of two written papers and a speaking exam. All examinations take place at the end of the course.
Are there any special expenses?
In the first year, we would recommend buying an A Level grammar book, to bridge the gap between A Level and GCSE. In the second year, you will be asked to buy your own copy of the novel which will be studied in class.
What could I do next?
Spanish A Level is highly regarded qualification by many Higher Education institutions and employers. It is considered a ‘facilitating subject' allowing access to a wide range of degree courses and professions. The course will also provide a sound basis for studying MFL in Higher Education. Languages can be combined with most university subjects, broadening your opportunities and career prospects. In today's competitive job market, speaking another language is a valuable asset!