Exam Board: AQA
GCSE Spanish grade 6 or above
Why study Spanish?
Studying A-level Spanish will provide students with an understanding of cultural, political, and social contexts of the Spanish-speaking world. While exploring a varied literary, artistic and historic heritage, they will gain a greater level of fluency in the language in order to debate and articulate ideas in Spanish.
What skills are required?
Students need to have performed evenly across listening, reading, writing and speaking at GCSE. They need to have a wide range of vocabulary already present in order to build on it and access the resources.
Good linguists must be resilient and committed to work regularly at home on their vocabulary. They must show an interest in Spanish or hispanophone culture and be open-minded.
To start with, students study an intensive grammar programme linked to the thematic content of social issues and trends in Spanish society and artistic culture in the Spanish speaking-world. They then develop all skills while studying the topics previously mentioned as well as a film in Spanish, for which they will practise essay-writing. Before the summer, students will familiarise themselves with the study skills necessary for independent research and will write up an action plan setting targets and milestones for their research project.
Students will pursue their studies of social issues and trends of Spanish-speaking societies, as well as tackle the aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world. They will also study a book in Spanish and practise essay writing about the work chosen.
Independently, students will be expected to carry out their research project and prepare for their presentation and discussion about it.
How will it be assessed?
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing
- 50% of A-level, 2hrs 30
Questions and translations about:
- Aspects of Spanish-speaking society.
- Multiculturalism in Hispanic society.
- Artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world
- Aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world.
Paper 2: Writing
- 20% of A level, 2 hours
2x 300 words essay:
- 1 question on a text studied in class
- 1 question on a film studied in class
Paper 3: Speaking
- 30% of A level, 23 min
- Discussion of a sub-theme based on a stimulus card (5-6 min).
- Presentation (2min) and discussion of an individual research project (9-10 min).
- A-level Spanish will give access to many dual degrees where studying Spanish can be combined with History, Business, Politics, Literature and plenty of other options. It opens doors to many work opportunities abroad, university exchanges and prestigious institutions. Spanish can be linked to many sectors of employment, from diplomatic services to law and business. If you would like further information, please do speak to a member of the MFL department.