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Spanish

Exam board: AQA

Curriculum Content in each year:

In A-Level Spanish, you will study the following topics:

Year 12:

  • Aspects of Hispanic society – Modern and traditional values, Cyberspace and Equal rights.
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world – Modern day idols, Spanish regional identity and cultural heritage or cultural landscape.

Year 13:

  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society – Immigration, Racism, and Integration.
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world – Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens, Monarchies, republics and dictatorships and Popular movements.

How it will be taught:

Your understanding of these four topics will be examined via the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will also develop translation skills into Spanish, demonstrating strong understanding of grammar and register.

In addition, you will study one literary work, the play, La Casa de Bernarda Alba, and one film, Volver. You will learn how to analyse drama and film through engaging in literary and film criticism in the target language, and appreciate the cultural context of these two famous and significant works.

Finally, you will undertake an individual research project on an aspect of Spanish or Latin American culture that interests you. You will then present and discuss your findings in your speaking assessment.

Assessment:

A-Level Spanish – all exams taken at end of course.

Paper 1 – Listening, reading and writing (40%)

Paper 2 – Writing (literature and film) (30%)

Paper 3 – Speaking presentation based on research project (30%)

Specific entry requirements (to be able to get onto the course):

Grade 6 or above in GCSE Spanish.

Future opportunities (careers, where it can lead, university, jobs etc.):

There are 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide and by 2050 Spanish will be the most widely spoken world language. Spanish A-Level therefore provides you with the means to learn about the fascinating cultures of Spain and Latin America whilst being able to communicate confidently in Spanish. Language A-Levels are highly sought after by universities as they are recognised as academically rigorous and practical. Class sizes are generally smaller than most other subjects so you receive more one to one teacher support and personalised learning. This is an ideal preparation for a single or joint honours Spanish degree. It would be an ideal grounding for courses in linguistics, translation and interpreting, teacher training, international business, European studies or any course with an international placement such as engineering or medicine. Spanish can also be studied as joint honours with most subjects such as History, English or Geography.

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