Spanish

This course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have gained at GCSE.

It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. The focus is on how the Spanish society has been shaped, socially and culturally and how it continues to change. You will learn to express yourself at an advanced level and discuss social and topical issues. You will develop skills such as strong communication, essay writing and research.

You will also learn to analyse a film and a literary text in Spanish. Finally, you will develop your translation skills, from Spanish to English and English to Spanish.

What will I study?

Theme 1: The Changes in Spanish Society

  • Changes in family structures
  • The impact of tourism in Spain
  • The world of work

Theme 2: Political and Artistic Culture in the Spanish Speaking World

  • Festivals and traditions
  • Music
  • Media

Theme 3: Immigration and Multiculturalism in Spain

  • Integration and multiculturalism
  • Immigration in the past and nowadays

Theme 4: The Franco Dictatorship and the Transition Towards Democracy

  • The Franco dictatorship
  • The path between dictatorship and democracy

Literary Texts and Films

  • You will study one book and one film
  • You will be able to write about them in essays

Individual Research Project

  • Develop research skills
  • Demonstrate your ability to initiate and conduct individual research by analysing and summarising your findings, in order to present and discuss them in the speaking assessment

Grammar and Translation

  • Study grammar and translation throughout the course to deeper your understanding

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation

What is assessed?
  • Themes 1, 2, 3 and 4
How am I assessed?
  • Listening, reading and translation task
  • Translation into Spanish
  • 40% of A Level
  • This exam is 2 hours

Paper 2: Writing and Translation

What is assessed?
  • Your knowledge of the literary text and the studied film, including grammar
How am I assessed?
  • Written test (two essays)
  • Translation into Spanish
  • 30% of A Level
  • This exam is 2 hours, 40 minutes

Paper 3: Speaking

What is assessed?
  • Task 1: Discussion on a theme
  • Task 2: Independent research presentation / discussion on independent research
How am I assessed?
  • Oral exam
  • 30% of A Level
  • This exam is 21-23 minutes, including 5 minutes preperation time

What else can I get involved in?

MFL Event at Manchester MET University

  • You are invited to take part in a day of lectures and seminars to experience what studying Languages would be like at university
  • French, German, Spanish, Italian and Arabic are but a few of the wide array of courses offered on the day

MFL Event at Leeds University

  • As part of the Linguastars programme, run by the MFL department at Leeds University, you can partake in discussions and workshops on foreign cinema, taster workshops for new languages, linguistics, interpreting and essay writing

School Ambassadors

  • We run a series of extra-curricular events, including local primary schools and information evenings for younger years
  • You represent each language at these events and lead or partake in pre-organised activities in order to inspire and enthuse younger linguists!
  • Past activities have included a Spanish market, a European treasure hunt and singing in German

Staff Support

  • As part of the Sixth Form Graduation Programme, you are invited to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 lessons to be a role model for future linguists
  • You will assist in classroom activities and provide one to one support
  • Not only do the younger students benefit from peer support, but Sixth Formers have appreciated having the opportunity to work as a team with the teacher and support younger students, both of which are key skills for a successful progression reference

Further Education and Careers in Spanish

What can I study with a Spanish qualification?

Courses you could study at university include:
  • Economics
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Spanish
  • Teacher Training

What career could I have with a Spanish qualification?

Careers which require a Spanish qualification include:
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Diplomatic Service Officer
  • Education Consultant
  • English as a Foreign Language Teacher
  • International Aid Worker
  • Marketing Executive
  • Patent Examiner
  • Private Tutor
  • Tour Manager

Thinking of studying Spanish in September 2021?