What will I study?
The A level course is designed to follow on naturally from GCSE with equal emphasis placed on each of the four language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing. You will develop not only your level of Spanish to an advanced standard, but also your knowledge of the society and culture, past and present, of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries.
The course will cover themes such as:
(i) Social issues and trends in the Hispanic world (e.g. changes in the family, attitudes to marriage, cyberspace, equal rights, multiculturalism)
(ii) Political and artistic culture in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries (e.g. Spanish regional identity, the cultural heritage in the Hispanic world, the Spanish monarchy, dictatorships)
You will also study grammar of the language to help you use and understand more complicated structures.
A study visit/exchange to Spain (Madrid, Seville or Barcelona) is offered for both first and second year students. Work with students in our partner schools in Spain is a key part of these visits.
The trips/exchange are not compulsory, but they are strongly recommended for improving communication skills and giving you the opportunity to experience Spanish culture and life.
Around £350 for the residential study visit.
Listening, reading, writing, translation and speaking skills will all be assessed through three exam papers.
Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Translation
Paper 2 – Writing
Paper 3 - Speaking
Grade 6 GCSE Spanish.
Useful Supporting Courses
It is possible to study up to three separate languages at Advanced Level.
Languages support virtually every other choice of subjects, particularly English Language or Literature, the humanities and social sciences and business.
The EU Commission has declared foreign languages to be a 'basic skill' for lifelong learning and citizenship. In every environment, speaking languages will give you access to the whole world
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