Spanish is designed to develop an enthusiasm for language learning, awareness and understanding of contemporary society and confidence in communication.
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Have you taken this course?
What is this subject about?
is designed to develop an enthusiasm for language learning, awareness and
understanding of contemporary society and confidence in communication.
the AS level you will study:
During the AS course you will study
the topics of Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living and Family and
Relationships. You will be given a wide variety of authentic materials,
including film, music, interactive online activities, the language
laboratory activities and the opportunity to work or stay in Spain on
For the A2 level you will study:
In the A2 year,
you will study the Environment, Multicultural Society and Contemporary
Social Issues. In addition there will be 2 cultural topics, for example a
chosen region, novelist, director or musician from Spain.
How is the
For both AS and A2 assessment is by examination at
the end of the year. AS consists of a Listening, Reading and Writing Paper
of 2 hours (70% of AS) and a speaking test of 15 minutes (30% of AS). A2
consists of a Listening, Reading and Writing Paper of 2.5 hours (70% of
A2) and a speaking test of 15 minutes (30% of A2).
What skills will
I need and develop in this course?
This course is designed to build
directly on skills learned at GCSE. You will also develop your analytical
and creative skills, communication skills, presentation skills,
interpersonal skills and cultural awareness.
Language study combines well with all other subjects and is
an excellent way to enhance your transferable skills and your global
awareness and mobility.
What can the course lead to in terms of
higher education and future careers?
It is well documented that
language graduates have one of the highest employment rates and that
employers value the transferable skills which study of a language
provides. Language graduates are often employed in international banks, in
journalism, law, marketing, tourism and industry, and a variety of other
professions. Being proficient in a language gives you broader career
options. "94% of London employers think that foreign language skills are
important for the London economy and 72% of UK trade is within countries
that do not have English as their first language."
What are the
formal entry requirements for this course?
Aside from the general
entry criteria that the College requires, you will also need to achieve at
least a C grade at GCSE in Spanish including the Higher Writing Paper. A
higher grade than C is advisable for success at AS and A level.
extra support / enrichment activities are on offer?
usually offers a Spanish exchange and the opportunity for work experience
and to attend other cultural events. We also invite guest speakers during
the year. We are privileged to have language assistants who can give
tutorial support on a weekly basis.
Is the gap between GCSE and AS
level languages really wide?
At last we can answer no as the new
specification ensures graduated progression from GCSE.