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Blackfen School for Girls

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Spanish A Level

SPANISH A LEVEL

Exam board: AQA

Why study this subject: 

This subject will appeal to students who want to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in Spanish through both the spoken and the written word whilst studying relevant, topical and cultural themes.  Students will also develop their cultural awareness and critical understanding of at least one Spanish literary work or film.

Syllabus: A LEVEL SPANISH TOPICS  STUDIED OVER TWO YEARS

  • Aspects of Hispanic society

    •• Modern and traditional values (Los valores tradicionales y modernos)

    •• Los cambios en la familia

    •• Actitudes hacia el matrimonio/el divorcio

    •• La influencia de la Iglesia Católica

    •• Cyberspace (El ciberespacio)

    •• La influencia de internet

    •• Las redes sociales: beneficios y peligros

    •• Los móviles inteligentes en nuestra sociedad

    •• Equal rights (La igualdad de los sexos)

    •• La mujer en el mercado laboral

    •• El machismo y el feminismo

    •• Los derechos de los gays y las personas transgénero

     

  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society

    •• Immigration (La inmigración)

    •• Los beneficios y los aspectos negativos

    •• La inmigración en el mundo hispánico

    •• Los indocumentados - problemas

    •• Racism (El racismo)

    •• Las actitudes racistas y xenófobas

    •• Las medidas contra el racismo

    •• La legislación anti-racista

    •• Integration (La convivencia)

    •• La convivencia de culturas

    •• La educación

    •• Las religions

     

  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

    •• Modern day idols (La influencia de los ídolos)

    •• Cantantes y músicos

    •• Estrellas de televisión y cine

    •• Modelos

    •• Spanish regional identity (La identidad regional en España)

    •• Tradiciones y costumbres

    •• La gastronomía

    •• Las lenguas

    •• Cultural heritage (El patrimonio cultural)

    •• Sitios turísticos y civilizaciones prehispánicas: Machu Picchu, la Alhambra, etc

    •• Arte y arquitectura

    •• El patrimonio musical y su diversidad

    How will I be assessed:

There are three examinations at the end of Year 13

  • Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing  (2 hours 30 minutes, 100 marks, 50% of A level)
  • Paper 2 -  Writing on a specific text and film (2 hours, 80 marks, 20% of A level)
  • Paper 3 – Speaking (21 – 23 minutes, 60 marks, 30% of A level)

Future course and possible careers: 

After an A level in Spanish, you can choose to study it at university or as part of a combined degree for instance with law, business or history.  Even if you don’t go on to study your chosen language at university, an  A level language qualification will give you an edge when applying through UCAS and will also be an advantage when seeking employment in fields such as business, law, education, travel and tourism, fashion, journalism, governmental and international positions, etc.