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Spanish

A level

Modern Languages provide enjoyable and useful lifelong skills. Whether used at work or for leisure purposes, they open up new avenues of communication and encourage a broader cultural understanding.

Almost all teaching will be in Spanish. To improve your listening and speaking skills, you will have regular access to interactive on-line resources and weekly contact with a foreign language assistant. Students also have the opportunity to take part in work experience in Spain and other enrichment activities.

Course content

Year 1 course content

Aspects of Hispanic society: current trends:

  • Modern and traditional values (Los valores tradicionales y modernos)
  • Cyberspace (El ciberespacio)
  • Equal rights (La igualdad de los sexos) 

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world:

  • Modern day idols (La influencia de los ídolos)
  • Spanish regional identity (La identidad regional en España)
  • Cultural heritage (El patrimonio cultural)

One cultural topic: 

The study of a feature film

Year 2 course content

Multiculturalism in Hispanic society:

  • Immigration (La inmigración)
  • Racism (El racism)
  • Integration (La convivencia)

Aspects of Political life in the Hispanic world:

  • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens (Jóvenes de hoy, ciudadanos del mañana)
  • Monarchies and dictatorships (Monarquías y dictaduras)
  • Popular movements (Movimientos populares)

One cultural topic: 

The study of one literary work

Individual oral research project: Students will prepare a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where French is spoken.

All assessment will be at the end of the second year: 

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (50% of the qualification)

Paper 2: Writing (20% of the qualification)

Paper 3: Speaking (30% of the qualification)

Is it for me?

You will enjoy and benefit from Spanish if you:

  • have shown an aptitude for languages at GCSE or in previous studies;
  • are interested in how languages work;
  • are confident about expressing your views, both orally and on paper;
  • are interested in current affairs and future issues, both within Europe and the wider world.

Special features

  • Weekly contact with a foreign language assistant
  • Courses taught mainly in the target language
  • Provision for bilingual students
  • Very well resourced and equipped department
  • Enthusiastic and supportive specialist teachers

There are opportunities for excellent work experience opportunities abroad.  In addition, we provide Gap Year advice about working abroad. There are theatre and cinema visits.

Entry requirements

At least 7 Grade 4s at GCSE in a range of subjects including in Maths and English.  At least a Grade 6 or equivalent is required in Spanish at GCSE level.

Examination board: AQA

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