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Entry Requirements

5 x GCSEs at grade 4 or above plus English Lang at grade 4. You must also have GCSE Spanish at grade 6 or above.

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2 academic years

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Our A-Level Spanish course is brand new. The course is designed to build on the language acquired when studying for GCSE Spanish and continues the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, alongside an understanding of the way in which grammatical structures enhance linguistic independence.

Overview

The course is designed to build on the language acquired when studying for GCSE Spanish and continues the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, alongside an understanding of the way in which grammatical structures enhance linguistic independence.

You will also study social and technological change alongside highlights of Spanish-speaking artistic culture and also explore the influence of the past on present-day Spanish-speaking communities.

You will learn the language in the context of Spanish-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them.

As part of the course you will study a film and a literary text and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on a topic of their choice linked to an aspect of Spanish language culture.

What will I study?

Year One

Aspects of Hispanic Society:

  • Modern and Traditional Values: family changes, trends in marriage and divorce, influence of the church
  • Cyberspace: the influence of internet, positive and negative effect of smartphones, the influence of social networks on society
  • Equal Rights: women in the world of work, sexism and feminism, LGBT rights

Artistic Culture in the Hispanic World:

  • Modern Day Idols: the influence of singers and musicians, the effect of TV and cinema stars, the influence of fashion models on young people
  • Spanish Regional Identity: Spanish customs and traditions, similarities and difference in the gastronomy, languages spoken in Spain
  • Cultural Heritage or Cultural Landscape: civilizations that contributed to the cultural heritage of Spain, artists and architecture in Spain, diversity of Hispanic music and dance

You will also study a Spanish language film.

Year Two

You will build on the topics studied in Year One and study new topics.

Multiculturalism in Hispanic Society:

  • Immigration: positive and negative aspects, immigration in the Spanish-speaking world, illegal migrants
  • Racism: racist and xenophobic attitudes, measures to combat racism, legislation against racism
  • Integration: different ways cultures integrate in Hispanic society, integration of different cultures within the sphere of education, coexistence of various religions

Aspects of Political Life in the Hispanic World:

  • Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Citizens: young people and politics, unemployment, the ideal society
  • Monarchies, Republics and Dictatorships: Spanish civil war, Franco’s dictatorship, changes in monarchy and republic to dictatorship, dictatorships in Latin America
  • Popular Movements: protests and strikes, trade unions, 15-M and Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo

You will study a Spanish language literary work in the second year, as well as developing understanding of the film studied in Year 12.

The second year of the course also includes an independent research project, on a topic of your choice, related to an aspect of Spanish language society or culture.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 subjects at grade 4 or above at GCSE plus English Language at grade 4 or above. You should also have a grade 6 or above in GCSE Spanish.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by final examinations. These including reading, writing, listening and a speaking examination assessment.

What can I do next?

Many students go on to a language related degree course. Learning a language at A Level teaches the skills needed to learn all languages so students sometimes choose to start a new language at university e.g. Mandarin, Arabic, Japanese.

There are many universities offering courses including language study combined with another option.

Recent students have progressed to the University of Leeds to study Spanish at degree level.

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