What’s it all about?
By studying Spanish, you’ll stand out from the crowd: 61% of the UK population don’t speak a foreign language! (source: Eurobarometer survey 2012). A language opens opportunities and widens career choices as well as employment prospects: almost 300 of Britain’s top employers believe an additional language boosts employability (source: CILT). Universities too look favourably at language qualifications and some courses even require a language. Many scientists believe that knowledge of another language can boost your brainpower (source: BBC).
AS : There are four main topic areas:
Aspects of Hispanic society
Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
Works : literary film
A2 : There are four main topic areas:
Social issues and trends
Political and artistic culture
Works: either one literary text and a film or 2 texts
Exam and Assessment Information:
AS Level - 7691
This is a linear qualification and students will sit all their exams at the end of the year. There are three papers.
Paper 1 - Listening, reading and writing
Written exam - 1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks - 45% of AS
Paper 2 - Writing
Written exam - 1 hour 30 minutes, 50 marks - 25% of AS
Paper 3 - Speaking
Oral exam - 12-14 minutes, 60 marks - 30% of AS
A2 Level - 7692
This qualification is linear and students will sit all their exams at the end of the year. There are three papers.
Paper 1 - Listening, reading & writing - 2hours 30 minutes, 100 marks, 50% of A Level
Paper 2 - Written exam - 2 hours, 80 marks, 20% of A Level
Paper 3 - Oral Exam - 23 minutes, 0 marks, 30% of A Level
To get started:
Grade B in GCSE Spanish is required.
The emphasis is on the culture and society of Spain or Spanish speaking countries. A set text or film is now compulsory at AS to encourage critical thinking skills. An independent research topic at A-level will be assessed through the speaking test (presentation and discussion). Grammar is key throughout and there are translations into English (AS & A-level) and into Spanish (A-level). Students are expected to read and listen to Spanish outside lessons on an independent basis. Furthermore, students are encouraged to take part in the exchange to Córdoba (Spain).
Potential careers: international law, journalism, travel & tourism, teaching, working in finance, design, fashion and engineering for those aiming at highly globalised industry, etc.
Our students say …
“Learning Spanish allows you to experience a whole new world of opportunities, whether it be travelling, looking for a job or just learning about a new culture.” Danielle Win-Johnson