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A LEVEL SPANISH

 

If you have a   talent for languages, then you might want to think about studying Spanish at A-Level. Spanish is the second most widely-spoken language in the world with over 400 million speakers. It’s also one of the most spoken languages in Europe. Being able to speak Spanish can provide you with numerous academic and career opportunities.

 

Learning Spanish will provide you with the opportunity to work and travel in Europe, Central and South America, and other Spanish-speaking countries. Through learning the language, you will be able to access the Spanish and Latin American cultures, which are rich in areas such as dance and literature.

 

 

Subject content

 

  1. Social issues and trends

Students may study all sub-themes in relation to any Spanish-speaking country or countries.

  • Modern and traditional values
  • Cyberspace
  • Equal rights
  • Immigration
  • Racism
  • Integration

 

  1. Political and artistic culture

Students may study all sub-themes in relation to any French-speaking country or countries.

  • Modern day idols
  • Spanish regional identity
  • Cultural heritage
  • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
  • Monarchies and dictatorships
  • Popular movements

 

  1. Grammar

 

  1. Works:Literary texts and films

Students study either one text and one film or two texts from the list below. 

 

Texts: 

  • Federico García Lorca La casa de Bernarda Alba
  • Gabriel García Márquez         Crónica de una muerte anunciada
  • Laura Esquivel   Como agua para chocolate
  • Ramón J. Sender   Réquiem por un campesino español
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón   La sombra del viento
  • Isabel Allende   La casa de los espíritus
  • Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer   Rimas
  • Fernando Fernán-Gómez Las bicicletas son para el verano
  • Luis de Castresana El otro árbol de Guernica
  • Gabriel García Márquez   El coronel no tiene quien le escriba

 

Films: 

  • El laberinto del fauno   Guillermo del Toro (2006)
  • Ocho apellidos vascos   Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2014)
  • María, llena eres de gracia   Joshua Marston (2004)
  • Volver   Pedro Almodóvar (2006)
  • Abel   Diego Luna (2010)
  • Las 13 rosas   Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2007)

 

How are you assessed?

 

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing

 

What's assessed:

  • Aspects of Hispanic society
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
  • Aspects of political life in Hispanic society
  • Grammar

 

How it's assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks

50% of A-level

 

 

Paper 2: Writing

 

What's assessed:

  • One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
  • Grammar

 

How it's assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks in total

20% of A-level

 

Paper 3: Speaking

 

What's assessed:

  • Individual research project

One of four themes (ie Aspects of Hispanic society or Artistic culture in the Hispanic world or Multiculturalism in Hispanic society or Aspects of political life in Hispanic society)

 

How it's assessed:

  • Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

 

Where will this course take you?

 

Studying a language at A level quite literally opens up a whole new world to you! The first step could be to study languages at undergraduate level, either as a pure language course or combined with another subject, such as Law or Economics. Following this path would allow you to study abroad for a year at degree level, which is not only a fantastic experience but will help you to become fluent in the language that you are studying. Post-degree, the skills that you have developed will make you employable across a range of sectors including journalism, broadcasting, government (e.g. the Diplomatic Service), tourism, international logistics or sales, interpreting, patent law or teaching.