“Learning languages successfully involves a mixture of logic and creativity, and therefore appeals to employers”

Course Detail

A-Level Spanish is a very interesting and rewarding subject. You will study the Spanish language and the cultures of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries. Topics studied include youth culture and concerns, lifestyle, health and fitness, travel and tourism, environmental issues, education and employment. Regular target language conversations will help you develop your competency in speaking and listening in Spanish. Lessons are conducted mainly in Spanish, the emphasis being placed on the practical use of the language, as well as on accuracy of pronunciation, spelling and grammar.The course will develop and improve your ability to read, write, speak and listen in Spanish.

The A-Level Spanish covers:

  • Social issues and trends: Evolving society in Spain which includes the study of family structures, impact of tourism and the world of work.
  • Political, intellectual and artistic culture in the Spanish speaking world which includes music, media and festivals and traditions.
  • Immigration and the Spanish multicultural society.
  • The Franco dictatorship and transition to democracy.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively, summarise and understand written sources in speech, manipulate language accurately and show knowledge and understanding about the culture and society where the language is spoken.

At the end of Year 12 you will be assessed through:

  • Two written examinations contributing 40% and 30% towards your final AS grade;
  • A piece of coursework contributing 30% towards your final AS grade.

At the end of Year 13 you will be assessed through:

  • Two written examinations contributing 40% and 30% towards your final AS grade;
  • A piece of coursework contributing 30% towards your final AS grade.

Additional Entry Requirements

GCSE Spanish: B
GCSE Maths: 5
GCSE English: 5

All A-Level courses are two year courses. You will sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and the A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. Although the AS grade will not count towards your final A-Level grade, you will need at least a grade D at AS to be able to continue into Year 13.

Required grades for English and Maths may be revised in August 2017.

Where can this course take me?

A command of a second language is an advantage in any field, and you may simply feel that you would like to have the qualification even if you are not sure whether you will use Spanish on an everyday basis in the future. Spanish A-Level appeals to those who enjoy communicating and are curious about other languages and cultures. Learning languages successfully involves a mixture of logic and creativity and therefore appeals to employers. Spanish A-Level combines well with most other subjects. Those who are interested in literature may choose to study Spanish alongside English. On the other hand, you may want to use Spanish for professional purposes, given the growing importance of the Spanish speaking world in business and commerce; if this is the case it will be useful to study Spanish alongside Business or Media Studies. A-Level Spanish will be of great benefit for anyone seeking work in Spain, work as a Spanish translator or anyone hoping to study Spanish or other European languages in higher education.

About

King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy is registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee. Company number 07002160. Registered office: Foundation Office, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD. Academy tel: 0121 464 4428.

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