The syllabus builds on the skills developed at GCSE, but with much more emphasis on grammar. Equal stress is placed on listening, reading, speaking and writing, together with discovery of contemporary culture and society.
Aspects of Hispanic society:
• Modern and traditional values
• Equal rights
Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
• Modern day idols
• Spanish regional identity
• Cultural heritage
Study of a Spanish film
Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
• Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
• Monarchies and dictatorships
• Popular movements
Study of a Spanish text
In common with all other new A-level specifications, the new Spanish A-level is linear with all exams being taken at the end of the second year.
Paper 1 - (50% A-Level) - Listening, Reading & Writing (Summary & Translation into both languages included)
Paper 2 - (20% A -Level) – Writing (Film & Book)
Paper 3 - (30% A-Level) – Speaking (Stimulus Card & Individual Project)
In addition to the standard College entry requirements (see below), this course also normally requires students to have achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and grade 6 or above in GCSE Spanish (both higher tier). We will consider individual cases if the student has a 5.
Students will be well prepared to use Spanish for practical communication and to continue their studies in higher education. At university, Spanish may be combined with another language, a host of other subjects or studied on its own.
What does the course combine well with?
Spanish combines well with any subject.