A Level Spanish

Course Content

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Students will develop their skills in Spanish/French to understand and respond to authentic contemporary texts and spoken language drawn from a variety of sources. Students will also develop skills to manipulate Spanish/French accurately in spoken and written forms. They will select information and present it in Spanish/French organising arguments and ideas logically. Students will be encouraged at all times to explore and develop their ideas innovatively, imaginatively and creatively in Spanish/French.

Entry requirements: GCSE Grade B or above

Topics covered in Year 12:

MEDIA

  • Television
  • Advertising
  • Communication technology

POPULAR CULTURE

Cinema

  • Cinema versus alternative ways of viewing films

Music

  • Types of music, changing trends
  • The place of music in popular culture
  • Music I like
  • How music defines personal identity

Fashion/trends

  • How we can alter our image
  • Does how we look define who we are?
  • Lifestyle and leisure activities
  • The cult of the celebrity

Topics covered in Year 13:

Environment

  • Pollution
  • Energy
  • Protecting the planet

The Multicultural Society

  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism

Contemporary 

  • Wealth and poverty
  • Law and order
  • Impact of scientific and technological progress

How will students be assessed?

A2 Exam

There are two exams at the end of Year 13. The speaking exam makes up 15% of the A2 mark. The exam lasts 35 minutes including 20 minutes preparation time. The students will demonstrate their ability to speak Spanish/French by discussing the four main themes covered during AS. Students also sit a 35% listening, reading and writing exam. This exam has an essay component where students demonstrate their ability to develop, analyse and evaluate their ideas in Spanish/French.

Where will success in Spanish/French take students?

Studying a Modern Foreign Language at A-Level will enhance employment prospects, facilitate foreign travel, provide an insight into another culture and society and provide a sound basis for further study.