Students studying for an A Level qualification will be tested on all subject content in terminal examinations at the end of Year 13.
Language-learning in Key Stage 5 moves from the purely personal (my school, my family etc.) into the study of more abstract topics, which demand an extensive range of topic-specific vocabulary and a broader range of ideas. There is a clear focus on aspects of life in Hispanic society. Knowledge of grammar is consolidated and extended to allow for effective delivery of ideas in writing and orally. There are two written papers at the end of the course, one of which tests listening and reading skills and ability to translate into and out of Spanish and the other focuses on essay writing. Speaking is tested through an interview in Spanish.
Year 12 subject content is as follows:
- Year 12 subject content is as follows:
- Aspects of Hispanic society: (e.g. modern and traditional values, equal rights, cyberspace, impact of tourism)
- Artistic culture in the Hispanic world (e.g. modern day idols, Spanish regional identity, cultural heritage, modern-day means of communication)
- One literary text or film chosen from a prescribed list
In addition to the content above, students study the following in Year 13:
- Multiculturalism in Hispanic society: (e.g. immigration, racism, integration )
- Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world (e.g. today’s youth and tomorrow’s citizens; monarchy, republics and dictatorships; popular movements )
- Grammar (extended)
- A second literary text or a film (if a film is not studied as part of the AS course)
It is expected that students will have achieved at least Grade 6 in Spanish at GCSE.
An annual cultural visit to Spain usually takes place at Easter.
Future Progressions and Careers
Modern Languages are a real asset on your CV as they are one of the facilitating subjects at Advanced level for entry to the Russell Group Universities. They can be combined with a very wide range of different subjects for university level study, from science-based subjects to engineering and from law to drama. Knowledge of a modern language is a sought-after skill in employment, where your language skills can make a difference of between 10-15% to your salary. “Companies particularly value an employee’s ability to communicate conversationally with potential business partners, customers or clients in their own language: this can help break the ice, deepen cultural understanding and open access to new markets” (CBI/EDI Education and Skills Survey).
Spanish is an official, national, or widely spoken language in 44 countries, including the United States. Spanish is an especially useful language in the fields of mass-media and management to communicate with the growing number of Latin communities and employees. (Rocket Languages – 2018)
Leaving the EU will imply major changes in the UK’s labour market. Our ability to succeed in a competitive global environment will be even more dependent on having a workforce which is fit for purpose. Within this context, language competence is far more than just another tool in the box, but rather a prerequisite and a facilitator for the development of a wide spectrum of other vital skills and attributes. (Ann Carlisle, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Linguists).