Knowing how to communicate in a foreign language is a marketable skill that has everything to do with your future as a dynamic participant in the mobile European workforce of the 21st century. It not only enhances career prospects, but is a unique source of personal enrichment. If you enjoy meeting and talking to people from other countries, finding out about their cultures and developing your knowledge of how language works, then studying A level Spanish is an excellent choice for you!
A level Spanish helps you explore a wide range of topics, which will add to your understanding of the language and country. Topics are: evolving society in Spain; political and artistic culture in Spanish-speaking countries; immigration and multiculturalism in Spain; Franco’s dictatorship and the transition to democracy. The books (or book and film) you study may link to the topics, giving you further insight into Spanish culture. You will also learn new grammar and vocabulary and you will be able to translate into and out of Spanish. You will develop your critical thinking, creativity, independence and skills of analysis. You will also develop skills to be able to learn other languages.
You will take three exams. Paper 1 is 40% of the total marks available; Paper 2 is 30% and Paper 3 is 30%. You will be given a certificate with a grade between E and A*, with A* being the highest. Paper 1 Listening, reading and translation Paper 2 Written response to works, grammar and translation Paper 3 Speaking In the listening section of this paper, you will answer multiple-choice and comprehension questions in Spanish on a variety of recordings. In the reading section, you will also answer multiple-choice and comprehension questions in Spanish, based on a variety of written passages. You will also translate a passage from Spanish into English. In this paper you will write about two books, or one book and one film, that you have studied throughout the year. There will also be a translation of a passage from English into Spanish. Before this exam you will have 5 minutes to prepare a discussion based on a stimulus card you are given. You will then discuss the topic of the card with your examiner, who is usually your teacher. You’ll also give a presentation on an independent research project you will have conducted, on a topic
Students who are keen to develop fluency of a modern foreign language, and would like to learn more about foreign culture, politics and society. Students need to achieve grade 5 or higher in English and Maths. They will also need to have achieved a grade 5 or higher in Spanish.
Spanish is vital for students who want to go on to study languages or linguistics at university, an A level in MFL will also give any CV a huge boost when applying for jobs in literally any sector with large, international employers. MFL are also well regarded as complementary subjects for any combination, whether Science, Arts or Humanities.