The A-level Spanish specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society. Students will focus on how Spanish-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally and how it continues to change. In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of Spanish-speaking countries. In the second year, further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on matters associated with multiculturalism. Students study aspects of the political landscape including the future of political life in the Hispanic world by focusing on young people and their political engagement. Students will also study both a film and a novel which, feedback from students tells us, are particularly interesting aspects of the course. There is a bigger focus on grammar at A Level than at GCSE and this encourages students to communicate with greater independence and accuracy as well as facilitating a general understanding of how languages work, including English.
Students are assessed in listening, reading and translation (50%), writing (20%) and speaking (30%). All examinations will take place at the end of Year 13.
5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 or above in Maths and English. Students must have studied Spanish at GCSE level and gained at least grade 5.
Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and is becoming increasingly important as countries in Latin America continue to play a larger role in international affairs. Young people with language qualifications will also become increasingly desirable in the British workforce in a post-Brexit Europe. An A Level qualification in Spanish can lead to a variety of university courses and excellent, diverse career opportunities. Spanish has been designated a 'facilitating subject' by the Russell Group, which means it opens doors to a wide range of higher education courses, even if it is not studied directly at university. Studying languages at A Level also cultivates a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are invaluable to students wishing to go on to higher education or employment.