A Level Spanish
Head of Department: Mrs C. Salisbury
Examination Board: AQA
Specification Code: 7692
Course Entry Requirements: GCSE Spanish grade 7 or A
A level Spanish helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in Spanish and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context. The course aims to enable students to develop and build on the skills acquired at GCSE, to enhance employment prospects and to develop their ability to write and speak in Spanish with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken Spanish in a variety of contexts and genres.
The course is designed to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. The engaging themes are closely linked to the most interesting aspects of Spain and Spanish-speaking communities. The range of films and books, which can be studied, is wide and includes contemporary and more classical titles. They have been selected to facilitate the linking of a theme such as the Spanish Civil War.
The four themes address a range of social issues and trends, as well as aspects of the political and artistic culture of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries. Theme One, for example, considers changes to Spanish family structure and the impact of tourism. Theme Two, however, requires students to broaden their knowledge across Spanish speaking countries through the study of music, media, festivals and traditions.
Texts and Films
Students study either one film and one text or two texts. At Freemen’s we have chosen to study the novel ‘Como Agua Para Chocolate’ by Laura Esquivel and the film ‘El Laberinto del Fauno’ by Guillermo del Toro.
Terminal assessment takes place at the end of the second year.
Paper 1: Listening comprehension, Reading comprehension and translation into English. 2h 30 Mins, 50% of A Level
Paper 2: Essay paper on film and texts, translation into Spanish. 2h, 20% of A Level
Paper 3: Oral: discussion of a card and an independent research project. 20 mins test, 30% of A Level
Who should study Spanish?
Students need to show real enthusiasm for communicating in Spanish. Classes will be conducted in Spanish and students must be willing to use their Spanish as the main means of communication. They should have a sound grammatical awareness, including tenses and key structures. A willingness to learn by rote is important, as is a curiosity to find out more about Spain through independent research.
Higher education and careers:
Languages combine well with a range of social science, humanities and science subjects. The range and combination of courses available is very wide from Spanish with Music at Royal Holloway to Biochemistry with Spanish at Imperial. Languages are increasingly in demand by businesses that operate in Europe and those wishing to break into new markets. The most recent CBI survey shows that demand for Spanish from British business has increased from 34% to 44% putting it in the top three languages required in the UK.