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AS/A2 Level Spanish

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Overview

“You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once”
a proverb (Eastern European)

Languages are all around us; they are used in so many situations whether at work, on holiday or just casually in day-to-day life – we live in a multilingual global society.

Choosing an A-level language is a really smart move if you want a fascinating subject that offers you a range of career possibilities at the end and are a lot of fun along the way.  A-level language courses are interesting and varied subjects to study and give you a broad range of knowledge and skills.

Learning a language is a never-ending process; languages are constantly evolving, bringing in new words and getting rid of old ones.

The skills and qualifications that you gain from studying a language at A-level are incredibly important tools to have under your belt.

  1. Course Title

    AS/A2 Level Spanish

  2. Exam Board and Specification No.

    AQA (7692)

What do I need to have studied/have knowledge of?

GCSE Spanish grade 6 or above.

What will I learn on this course?

Across the 2 years you will study the below topics:

  1. Social Issues and Trends
    a. Aspects of Spanish-speaking society (e.g. family, cyber-society, voluntary work)
    b. Multiculturalism in Spanish-speaking society (e.g. diversity, crimes, social exclusion)
  2. Political and Artistic Culture
    a. Artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world (e.g. Spanish music, cinema, history)
    b. Aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world (e.g. youth, citizenship, strikes, immigration)
  3. Grammar
  4. Spanish Works
    a. Literary texts
    b. Films
  5. Individual research project (for speaking exam)

What key skills will I develop?

Students studying A-Levels in a language gain cross cultural awareness. They build their communication, interpersonal, and public speaking skills- soft skills deemed essential by employers. It serves as excellent preparation in the skills required for courses in Further Education.

How will I be assessed?

The Examination Structure for AQA GCE A level is as follows:

  • Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing including translation, 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A level grade
  • Paper 2 – Written paper on texts and films, 2 hours, 30% of A level grade
  • Paper 3 – Spoken Assessment on individual research project, 21-23 minutes, 30% of A level grade

What could this course lead to?

Languages are an invaluable skill to have. Having a language can increase your salary from 8 to 20% and gives you a head start on other potential employees as by speaking another language you’re vital to any company who does international business (and there’s a lot of them).  Plus, a language is also a pre-requisite for lots of Uni courses so it’s something to consider if you’re thinking about going to University in the future.  Languages are key to the exciting multinational world we live in!

Additional events, trips or enrichment activities

Residential trip to France

French Assistant opportunity with local primary schools

Regular events in and out of school

Are there any additional costs for this course?

Textbooks, a dictionary and any trips that may arise.

Who do I contact if I have any further questions?

Miss I Tavora – mailto:itavora@commonweal.co.uk