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Spanish

Course Overview

Languages are a good foundation subject for many degree courses across a wide range of subjects including Law, Business Studies, Economics, Social Policy, Philosophy, Social Sciences and Educational Studies. A languages degree is good preparation for a wide range of occupations; for example, journalism, marketing, personnel, public service, law, advertising, insurance or teaching.

All languages offer a work experience visit in both Y12 and Y13, a weekly appointment with the foreign language assistant, opportunities to support younger students through in class support, a cinema club, a book club and access to authentic materials.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade 6 in Spanish.

Students require a D Grade in the AS Level or in their end of year exam to progress from Year 12 to Year 13.

Qualities Required

A genuine love of languages, an enquiring mind, good time management, hard work and resilience.

Links with Other Subjects

Languages combine well with any subject, but especially English, Economics, Geography, Politics, Sociology and History. They also makes an excellent contrast with Mathematics and Science based subjects.

Exam Board

AQA

Method of Assessment
  Objective Weighting (A Level) Weighting (AS)
A01 Understand and respond: in speech to spoken language including face-to-face interaction and in writing to spoken language drawn from a variety of sources. 20% 20%
A02 Understand and respond: in speech to written language drawn from a variety of sources and in writing to written language drawn from a variety of sources. 30% 30%
A03 Manipulate the language accurately, in spoken and written forms, using a range of structure. 30% 30%
A04 Show knowledge and understanding of, and respond critically to, different aspects of the culture and society of countries/communities where the language is spoken. N/A N/A
A04 (A Level) Show knowledge and understanding of, and respond critically and analytically to, different aspects of the culture and society of countries/communities where the language is spoken. 20% N/A
AS leVEL 

Social Issues and Trend:

  •  Aspects of Hispanic Society
  • Modern traditional values
  • Cyber Space 
  • Equal Rights.

Artistic Culture in the Hispanic World Works:

  • Modern Day Idols   
  • Spanish regional identity 
  • Cultural heritage or cultural landscape.

Grammar :

  • Key verb tenses, moods and voices
  • Nouns, articles and gender 
  • Adjectives and adverbs  
  • Prepositions 
  • Negation
  • Conjunctions and discourse markers
  • Questions, quantifiers and intensifiers.

Works: Literary texts and films:

  • La casa de Bernarda Alba
  • Federico García Lorca  El laberinto del fauno
  • Guillermo Del Toro.
A leVEL 

Social Issues and Trends:

  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic Society
  • Immigration, Integration and Racism. 

Artistic Culture in the Hispanic World

  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic World
  • Todays youth, tomorrows citizens
  • Monarchies, republics and dictatorships
  • Popular Movements.