The course begins by gradually building confidence in spoken and written Spanish through the study of a wide variety of aspects of modern Spanish and Latin American life and culture. Students study internet, written press, radio and TV reports and discuss ideas and contemporary issues while acquiring a broad vocabulary. All students have weekly intensive language work with the Spanish assistant and are also expected to undertake listening exercises and vocabulary learning at home as well as preparation and consolidation work. There is also the opportunity to spend time in Spain on a study tour.
This course content is divided as follows:
1 Social issues and trends
2 Political and artistic culture
4 Works: literary texts and films
Exam board: AQA
Essential Entry Requirements: Standard Sixth Form requirements
Preferred Entry Requirements: A strong Grade 6 or above in GCSE Spanish
Pre-Course Material: This is available here.
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing – 50% of the A level
Paper 2: Writing – 20% of the A level
Paper 3: Speaking – 30% of the A level
Paired speaking practice with the Spanish language assistant.
Spanish cinema – film visit
Study tour to Spain (Bilbao region)
Collins Robert Spanish Dictionary - £20
Verb tables - £5
Set text in Spanish - £5-£10
Study tour - approximate cost £600 (optional but highly recommended)