If you are interested in languages and communication, you enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life, you are interested in the business world, in travel or tourism, in literature, or in journalism and the media, then you are likely to find the course appropriate. There are number of options in the course where you can choose your topic or question to suit your interests. Whether you want to use language for work, for further study, training, or for leisure, this course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge.
Year 1 – Traditional and modern values, cyberspace, equality of the sexes, influence of idols, regional Spanish identity, regional identity in Spain, cultural heritage, study of a film.
Year 2- Study of a book or play, immigration, racism, integration, young people and politics, monarchies and dictatorships, popular movements.
• Unit 1 – Listening, Reading and Translation
• Unit 2 – Writing (Cultural topics – book and film)
• Unit 3 – Speaking (based on Individual Research Project)
6 grade 5s (or equivalent), including at least grade 5 in English Language or Literature.
6 or above in Spanish.
With an A level Spanish students will have the opportunity to apply for a language degree at University, or a degree in a different discipline, but with a language component. Due to the nature of the skills required to succeed in the A Level Language course, students will be equipped to pursue any academic area of their choice at University. Universities consider having an A Level in a language extremely valuable, so this would be beneficial, whatever your chosen career path might be.
In order to secure the best grades at A level, we recommend that students make the effort to read around the topic areas and expand their own cultural and linguistic knowledge as much as possible. Students also need to prepare towards the Independent Research Project, which forms the basis for their speaking exam, and they will find this much more manageable and enjoyable if they can show a genuine personal interest in an aspect of culture, language or history