Exam Board Specification
How the course is assessed
100% exam at the end of year 13:
Description of course
Spanish is an academic course that combines the study of culture and society as well as linguistic and grammatical structures. The course builds upon prior knowledge learnt at GCSE while further increasing the range of language that students are able to manipulate. Indeed by the end of the course students should be confident translating, speaking and writing in Spanish to a high level.
The course covers the following themes: aspects of Spanish society, (modern and traditional values, cyberspace, equal rights), Multiculturalism in Hispanic society, (immigration, racism, intergration,) Political and artistic culture (social ideals, monarchy and dictatorships, singers and regional identity.) Students will also study the play La casa de Bernarda Alba by Lorca and the film Volver directed by Almodovar as well as undertaking a personal research project about an aspect of Hispanic society, this allows students to tailor their project to their individual needs and interests.
Through the study of Spanish, students will not only develop their linguistic capabilities but also their inter-cultural understanding, literacy, linguistic understanding and confidence.
Higher education, future careers and progression routes
A language A’ level is considered a gateway qualification Russell Group Universities. Furthermore, employees with language skills are in high demand and command salaries 11% higher than colleagues who only speak English.
2016 Examination success rates:
This is the first year this course and specification has been offered in the Southern Consortium.
Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A’ Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 5 and above in English and Maths, as well as a minimum of GSCE grade Cs and Bs (point score of 41.5).
To study A Level Spanish, students are also required to have a GCSE Spanish grade B and above.
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