Come and study A-Level Spanish with us and broaden your horizons. This challenging but rewarding course will develop your listening and reading skills to an advanced level while you discover more about Spanish culture and ways of life.
In the first year, you will study two main themes and six sub-topics. You will study and compare the different types of families that exist in modern-day Spain, including attitudes to marriage and cohabitation. You will study the current situation of young people in Spain in relation to work, including gender inequality in the Spanish job market.
You will look at the impact of tourism in the last 50 years, the influence of musicians and bands on young people, and study the impact of television, especially soap operas and reality television.
Finally, you will assess the importance of festivals and traditions in Spain. There will also be a 'film study' looking at themes, techniques, symbols, and influences that the director Guillermo Del Toro used in the film “El laberinto del fauno”.
In the second year, you will study another two main themes with six sub-topics. You'll study the positive and negative impacts of immigration in Spain, assess the impact of immigration on education and school life, with reference to the living conditions of immigrants in Spain.
You will look at marginalisation and alienation of immigrants in Spain, public opinion on immigration, and the future impact of immigration on Spanish society.
You will also analyse the reasons for Franco’s rise to power and social divisions caused by the civil war and key moments in the transition to democracy.
You will also study a theatre play “La casa de Bernarda Alba” by Federico Garcia Lorca. You will be able to study themes, techniques, symbols.
A GCSE grade 6 in Spanish. Candidates without GCSE Spanish but who are bilingual (can write and speak in Spanish fluently) will also be considered after an interview with a member of the MFL team.
Throughout the course you will be given weekly homework and regular tests.
At the end of the two year course you will sit the final exams.
Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation into English(2 hours).
Paper 2: Written response to works and translation into Spanish (2hrs 40mins). Paper 3: Speaking (18 mins)
Once you have completed this course, you will achieve an A-Level in Spanish graded A* - E.
Languages are in great demand in the modern workplace and having a language at A-Level will certainly improve your prospects of employment within the UK or abroad. A language qualification provides an opportunity to progress to language courses at university, as single or joint honours degrees.
You will be expected to buy a course book and one literary text. There will be additional costs for an optional visit to Spain.
Spanish native and semi-native speakers are welcome on this course, please get in touch to find out more.