The aim of the A-Level Spanish course is to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE and to develop students’ understanding and awareness of the diversity of Hispanic Cultures and people. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society leading to acquisition of skills, knowledge of the language for practical use, further study and employment. The course fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society.
The Spanish A Level specification has been designed to be studied over two years. The approach is a focus on how Spanish-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally and how it continues to change.
In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied (Modern and Traditional Values, Equal Rights and the Cyberspace), together with aspects of the artistic life of Spanish-speaking countries (Spanish regional identities, Modern day idols and Cultural heritage).
In the second year further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on matters associated with multiculturalism (Racism, Living together, The role of the Church). Students also study aspects of the political landscape including the future of political life in the Hispanic world by focusing on young people and their political engagement (Monarchies and Dictatorships, Unemployment and Social Activism).
Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation
Paper 2: Written response* & Grammar application – * Essay questions based on set texts/films by prominent Hispanic artists , for example Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel, Guillermo del Toro, Pedro Almodóvar, Diego Luna, etc.
Paper 3: Spoken response in 2 parts – Part 1) Independent Research Project Part 2) Response to a stimulus on one of the 4 main course themes (Aspects of Hispanic society or Artistic culture in the Hispanic world or Multiculturalism in Hispanic society or Aspects of political life in Hispanic society).
Examination Board: AQA
Mrs N. Wiltshire – Head of Spanish