Spanish – A Level

Specification

Exam Board: AQA

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Why should I study Spanish at A level?

Spanish A-Level equips you to speak fluently, allowing you to communicate effectively for either social or work purposes. At A-Level you will build on your knowledge from GCSE and gain a deeper understanding and will be able to write essays and debate current affairs in Spanish.

Where will this lead?

Being able to communicate in a second language is useful for a wide range of careers, as well as travel and work aboard. The knowledge and skills you develop on this course will help you to become a truly global citizen. Business, international work, law and the travel industry are some examples of pathways from a modern foreign language course, but it could also lead to a university course in foreign languages with a year aboard, followed by a career in languages. Previous Students who have studied Spanish at KS5 with us have gone on to study Languages with Psychology and History at University.

Which specification is followed?

The AQA specification for A level courses in Spanish

What will I be covering in the course in Year 12?

An ‘A’ Level in Spanish builds upon the linguistic skills and vocabulary gained during your GCSE course. There is a greater emphasis on both grammatical knowledge and spontaneity in order to equip you to write essays and have a detailed discussion in the exams. The Year 12 course covers a variety of contemporary issues:

  • Aspects of Hispanic society
  • Artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world
  • An authentic film

What will I be covering in the course in Year 13?

The year 13 course covers further contemporary issues:

  • Multiculturalism, diversity and current issues in target language speaking society
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
  • An authentic text
  • Independent research project (IRP)

Across both Year 12 and year 13, your teachers will follow course books to support the teaching of these topics and use authentic materials where possible. You are expected to improve your linguistic skills to meet the demands of this course through regular independent exposure to the target language via a wealth of online materials.

The IRP further develops your research and analytical skills, whilst also giving you the opportunity to investigate an aspect of Hispanic culture or society that interests you which will be assessed during your speaking examination.

Examples: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/languages/AQA-MFL-ALEVEL-TG-IRP.PDF

How will I be assessed across the exams?

  • 16-18-minute speaking examination (stimulus card and discussion of the student’s IRP)
  • Listening, reading and translation examination
  • Writing examination (two essays, one on the text and one on the film studied)