LINEAR A-LEVEL COURSE CONTENT
In A-Level Spanish, you will study the following topics:
- Aspects of Hispanic society – Modern and traditional values, Cyberspace and Equal rights.
- Multiculturalism in Hispanic society – Immigration, Racism, and Integration.
- Artistic culture in the Hispanic world – Modern day idols, Spanish regional identity and cultural heritage or cultural landscape.
- Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world – Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens, Monarchies, republics and dictatorships and Popular movements.
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.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO THIS COURSE?
5 grade 9-5 at GCSE including English and Mathematics. Grade 5 or above in GCSE Spanish.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
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.
WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?
You will improve the four key skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Your ability to engage with authentic spoken and written Spanish will develop and you will increasingly be able to hold a conversation and debate in the target language. In your studies of literature and film you will develop cultural understanding and the skills of critical analysis and essay writing. In your research project you will develop independent research and presentation skills. All of these are valuable transferable skills for university and the workplace.
HOW MANY EXAMS DO I HAVE TO TAKE AND WHEN DO I TAKE THEM?
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%)
IS THERE ANY COURSEWORK OR CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS?
In the A-Level course, students prepare an individual research project on a cultural topic of their choice relating to Spain or Latin America. This will then be assessed in their speaking exam in the form of a presentation.
WHAT MIGHT STUDYING THIS COURSE LEAD TO?
This is an ideal preparation for a single or joint honours Spanish degree. Recent students have gone on to study international law, speech and language therapy and cultural studies. 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.