Why choose Spanish?
As the world’s third most spoken language after Mandarin Chinese and English, Spanish is spoken by nearly half a billion people. It is the second most used language in international communication and an official language of the UN and its organizations. Spanish is becoming increasingly important in terms of the global economy with emerging markets in Central and South America. The cultural aspect of learning Spanish is particularly rich, with its influence in areas such as literature, art and cinema.Back to top
What will I learn in Year 12 Spanish and how will it be assessed?
This is a ‘new specification’ subject. The school’s policy is that students enrolling onto new specification courses will not be entered for external AS examinations at the end of Year 12. Please visit the FAQs for more information on new specifications, their UCAS tariff points and the ‘decoupling’ of AS/A2 grades.
What will I learn in AS Level Spanish and how will it be assessed?
This is a ‘new specification’ subject. The overall result for each student completing this course to full A Level standard will be based on the final Year 13 A Level examinations only. Please visit the FAQs for more information on new specifications, their UCAS tariff points and the ‘decoupling’ of AS/A2 grades.
There are three examinations in all:
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing
Weighting 50% of the total mark
Paper 2: Writing
Weighting 20% of the total mark
Paper 3: Speaking
Weighting 30% of the total mark
Topics covered during the course include the cyber-society, diversity in society, criminality, music, cinema and politics. Grammar is also a key element, as is the study of major texts and films.Back to top
How will I learn?
You will learn through opportunities to:
- read about a range of contemporary topics, both in the classroom and independently
- listen to authentic recordings based around contemporary topics
- regularly learn vocabulary through the online program Vocab Express
- develop the appropriate skills to be able to write essays in Spanish
- gain in-depth grammatical knowledge
Spanish can be studied as a single degree course or combined with virtually any other subject. A number of our former students have gone on to study languages at degree level, often at Russell Group universities and usually in conjunction with other languages, including Portuguese, Russian and Dutch. Anyone choosing to study Spanish at degree level would normally be expected to spend up to a year living and working or studying in a Spanish-speaking country.Back to top
A knowledge of one or more foreign languages can be useful in a wide range of careers. For some jobs such as translating, interpreting, lecturing and teaching, language skills are essential. In other professions, including IT, law, finance, journalism and sales the ability to communicate in another language is a major advantage.Back to top
Further Course Information
All students are provided with access to the Kerboodle online course and resources which include a range of listening and reading opportunities and assessment practice. Regular homework is a key part of the A level course while independent study is strongly encouraged so that students can remain up to date with current affairs and the culture of the Spanish-speaking world.
Took GCSE Spanish in Year 9?
If you took GCSE Spanish when you were in Year 9 and are perhaps feeling a little unsure as to whether or not to pick it up again at A Level then fear not as help is at hand! We run catch-up Spanish sessions every Wednesday lunchtime to re-visit key grammar points, get a taste of what the A Level is all about and explore some of the cultural topics that form part of the course, including films. Feel free to come along, it would be great to see you again. If you’d like any information please contact any member of the Languages team or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ¡ Hasta luego !
Interested in taking another Language such as Arabic, Polish, Chinese, Turkish, Russian etc?
We have a long and very successful track record at McAuley of students achieving A Level qualifications in alternative languages such as Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin), Polish and Turkish. Although we are not always in a position to offer specific tuition, we can investigate the options available to anyone who has good writing and reading skills in a particular language. A wide range of A Level languages is available. Please speak to a member of the Modern Foreign Languages department or email email@example.com if you would like to find out how to make the most of your language skills.Back to top