A Level Spanish

Please note: students in Year 12 (September 2016) will be following the new specification as outlined below and Year 13 (September 2016) will be following the legacy course outlined underneath

Edexcel (AS 8SP0 A Level 9SP0)

Who should study Spanish? 

Any students who are interested in developing and applying their language skills and who wish to know more about the culture and life of Spanish speaking people.

The Course

AS Spanish 

Unit 1 - Listening, Reading,Translation

This unit requires students to understand the convey their understanding of the Spanish language text and recordings, and also translate a short passage into Spanish.

Unit 2 - Written response to work, grammar and translation

This unit requires students to one film during the year and write about it in the exam.

They will also do a translation from English into Spanish and a grammar exercise.

Unit 3 - Speaking

Task 1 : Students read and respond to 4 questions on 2 texts and then have a wider discussion on the theme.

Task 2 : discussion on “La cultura política y artística en el mundo de habla española: students will choose to discuss one sub-theme.

A level Spanish 

Unit 1 - Listening, Reading,Translation

This unit requires students to understand the convey their understanding of Spanish language text and recordings, and also translate a short passage into Spanish.

Unit 2 - Written response to work and translation

Students will study 2 types of work on the Spanish culture: a film in year 12, Volver, as well as a book in Year 13 (from a given list by the board).

Section A: translation  from English into Spanish.

Section B and C: Literary texts. Students answer a question on the film and a question on the book.

Unit 3 - Speaking

Task 1– discussion on a theme containing 2 different statements.

Task 2 – presentation and discussion on independent research. Students will present a summary of key findings of their research and answer questions on this. They will then discuss the theme further.

Assessment

The course is externally assessed by Edexcel.

Where it leads

Languages are a valuable asset when applying to university courses as they are a facilitating subject for the Russell Group of universities.  It can also lead into international careers such as journalism and media, business and politics or diplomacy, teaching and interpreting.

Please note: The following course is for current (September 2015) Year 12 and Year 13 students only  

Edexcel (AS: 8SP01, A2: 9SP01) 

Who should study Spanish? 

Any students who are interested in developing and applying their language skills and who wish to know more about the culture and life of Spanish speaking people.

The Course

The course is structured around 4 units (2 for AS, 2 for A2).

AS Spanish 

Unit 1 Spoken Expression and Response

This unit assesses the student’s ability to converse in the target language on general topic area they have chosen in advance.

Unit 2 Understanding and Writing Response

This unit requires students to understand and convey their understanding of Spanish language text and recording.

A2 Spanish 

Unit 3 Speaking unit

This is based on a general topic the student has prepared in advance, and 2 other topics that the student has not researched will also be tested. This exam is testing research, speaking and listening skills.

Unit 4 Written Unit

Section A is a translation from English into the target language.

Section B is an essay taken from a list titles.

Section C is a research based essay on 2 topics relating to the culture or society where the language is spoken.

Assessment

The course is externally assessed.

Where it leads?

Languages are a valuable asset when applying to university courses leading into teaching and interpreting. It can also lead into international careers such as journalism and media business, and politics or diplomacy.