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.
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.

Entry Requirements
Ideally an EBACC student with a minimum GCSE grade 6 or equivalent in Spanish and English Language.
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.

Awarding Body

AQA A-level Spanish. This is a level 3 qualification.

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).

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