Spanish

Course description: AQA: AS Level 7691, A Level 7692

Content of AS Level

Unit 1 Listening, reading and writing

This unit covers two broad topic areas: aspects of Hispanic society and artistic culture in the Hispanic world. There are assessments in:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Translation of a Spanish passage of a minimum of 70 words into English

Unit 2 Writing

This unit covers a set text or film from the specified list and also translation of an English passage into Spanish. The assessments are:

  • Translation of a passage of a minimum of 70 words from English into Spanish
  • One essay question in Spanish on either a set text from a choice of two questions or on a set film from a choice of two questions

Unit 3 Speaking

This unit covers one sub-theme from aspects of Hispanic society and one sub-theme from artistic culture in the Hispanic world. The test lasts 12-14 minutes and involves discussion of two sub-themes based on a stimulus card for each sub-theme.

Content of A Level

Unit 1 Listening, reading and writing

This unit covers four broad topic areas: aspects of Hispanic society, artistic culture in the Hispanic world, multiculturalism in Hispanic society and aspects of political life in Hispanic society. There are assessments in:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Translation into English: a passage of minimum 100 words
  • Translation into Spanish: a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks)

Unit 2 Writing

This unit covers a set text and a set film or two set texts from the specified list and also translation of an English passage into Spanish. The assessment involves either one question in Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in Spanish on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in Spanish on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.

Unit 3 Speaking

This unit covers an individual research project and one sub-theme from aspects of Hispanic society, artistic culture in the Hispanic world, multiculturalism in Hispanic society and aspects of political life in Hispanic society. The assessment involves:

  • Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes). The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test.
  • Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).

Key skills

  • Attention to detail
  • An analytical mind
  • A willingness to take part in discussions on a range of topics
  • An interest in the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries

Enrichment opportunities

  • Spanish film club
  • Theatre and cinema visits
  • Trips and the opportunity for work experience abroad

Higher Education and career prospects

Spanish may be studied with other Modern Foreign Languages in a combined Honours Degree or with another language started from scratch, such as Portuguese, Arabic or Italian. It may also be combined with a wide range of subjects, such as History, Drama, Engineering or Law. It can be used in any career that includes the possibility of either working abroad in a Spanish speaking country or one in which knowledge of Spanish would be an asset in the UK.

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