Students should have achieved at least a Grade 6 in Spanish at GCSE.
The course aims to develop linguistic competence in speaking, writing and listening to Spanish. Students will develop their awareness of Spanish culture and will learn various study skills as a preparation for work and further study. Authentic Spanish materials including magazines, films, newspapers, books and Internet are used.
Language study will improve your interpersonal and social skills. Many companies require skilled linguists, and they actively seek to recruit students with good qualifications in a language. From ski-instructors to lawyers, football man-agers to holiday reps, teachers to air stewards, a good qualification in a language can improve your job prospects to an employer. Many universities also offer study abroad for a year when students can use their language skills in a working environment. Students of Spanish can also opt to study or work in South America. This is usually the students' favourite part of the course, providing the chance to live abroad, and become fully immersed in the culture.
|A Level Assessments at the end of Year 13
|% of A Level
|Paper 1 - Listening, Reading and Writing (2.5 hours)
|Paper 2 - Writing based on Film/Literature (2 hours)
|Paper 3 - Speaking—Individual research project
Topics covered in both years:-
1. Social issues and trends (family life / cyber society / equal rights)
2. Political and artistic culture (heritage / regional identity / youth culture)
Only 1 in 10 careers with languages is in fields such as interpreting and teaching. Whether destined for a career in commerce, accountancy, in the travel industry, medicine or engineering, a language should be considered as an invaluable and highly rated skill.
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