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During this two year course you will explore the language, culture and society of the countries where the language is spoken and develop a critical and analytical approach to film and literature in the foreign language. You will carry out independent research on a chosen aspect of social, cultural, artistic or political life.
Listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will be continuously practised and developed. You’ll be encouraged to express opinions, discuss topics and current affairs, and use a wider range of vocabulary and grammatical structures, to become an accurate and independent user of the language. You will also have the opportunity to take part in our organised visits and student exchanges.
A foreign language will greatly enhance your job opportunities, both in the UK and abroad. If you are considering a career in business, international organisations, travel and tourism, hospitality, interpreting, translating or teaching, then having advanced language skills can be invaluable.
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above. This must include Spanish at grade B or above or an equivalent level of proficiency in the language.
On this course you will study:
During this two year course, you will explore the language, culture and society of the countries where the language is spoken and develop a critical and analytical approach to film and literature in Spanish. You will carry out independent research on a chosen aspect of social, cultural, artistic and political life.
Listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will be continuously practised and developed. You will be encouraged to express opinions, discuss topics and current affairs and use a wider range of vocabulary and grammatical structures to become an accurate and independent user of the language.
You will also have the opportunity to take part in our organised visits and student exchanges.
Year one topics:
- Aspects of Hispanic society: social issues and current trends
- Artistic culture in the Hispanic world: modern day idols, Spanish regional identity, cultural heritage
- Detailed study of a film or book
Year two topics:
- Multiculturalism in Hispanic society: immigration, racism and integration
- Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world: today’s youth, monarchies, republics and dictatorships, popular movements
- Detailed study of a book
The language laboratory will be used regularly for listening comprehension. There will be considerable oral work, either as a whole group, small group or pair work. Grammar will be fully revised and extended to develop the use of more complex structures. This will then be consolidated by a variety of written tasks. Reading comprehension skills with some translation will be developed. You will be expected to complete homework regularly of approximately five hours per week.
To achieve your aims, you will have to take a greater responsibility for your own learning, especially in developing your fluency and accuracy.
Students will be entered for three examination papers:
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (Translation)
Paper 2: Writing (an essay on one text and one film or two texts from a set list)
Paper 3: Speaking (discussion of a stimulus card plus individual research project).
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You may decide to continue to study language at university by either focusing on one language or combining language study with almost any other subject. This A Level is a great asset for university and employment as you will acquire invaluable transferable skills such as autonomy, creativity, analytical and critical thinking and communication skills.
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