Spanish

The course will focus on four main themes in the Spanish-speaking world; Aspects of society: current trends and issues; Artistic culture; Aspects of political life; Spanish cinema and a work of Hispanic literature.

Subject Type: A Level
Details of Exam Board: AQA
Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs, grade 4 or above, including Maths and English

Last three years destinations:
  • BA (Hons) German at Liverpool University
  • BA (Hons) Spanish and Japanese at Manchester University
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science and a Modern Language

Course Aims

The course will focus on four main themes in the Spanish-speaking world; Aspects of society: current trends and issues; Artistic culture; Aspects of political life; Spanish cinema and a work of Hispanic literature. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a Spanish trip to experience the culture and language en vivo.

Spanish is a language that can take you all over the world. You can travel through Spain and Latin America, creating life long memories. Learning Spanish provides so many job opportunities as well as opening your eyes to another way of life. On the course you’ll study about the food, the culture, the language, the history as well as a play and a film. Lessons will vary and involve reading and listening to Spanish texts, giving presentations and researching your own individual project.

Progression

Spanish can be combined with any arts subject, but also with mathematics and/or sciences in order to demonstrate your communication skills. At University, Spanish or Hispanics (Spanish and Portuguese) can be studied as a single degree or as is becoming increasingly the case, in combination with a business subject, Law or Engineering.

Linguists can earn up to 20% more than those who do not speak a foreign language. Nearly three quarters of businesses say they value foreign language skills among their employees. Knowledge of Spanish can improve your communication, critical and creative thinking skills. It will increase your problem solving skills and will stimulate brain function and memory. It also demonstrates to employers that you have strong self-discipline and high self-esteem. Spanish can open the door to many industries, as well as the obvious interpreting, translating and teaching, linguists often work in international law/banking, journalism and broadcasting, publishing, public relations and sport.

Exam

Assessment is based on three separate components.

  • Component 1 – Listening, reading and writing – worth 40% of the qualification. You will sit an examination of duration 2 hours and 30 minutes, set and marked by the exam board.
  • Component 2 – Writing – worth 30% of the qualification. You will sit an examination of duration 2 hours, set and marked by the exam board.
  • Component 3 – Speaking – worth 30% of the qualification. This is an Oral exam of duration between 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes of preparation time).