A Level Spanish/A level French

Course Description 

If you have a desire to learn and experience the world around you then you will be well suited to this course. The A Level qualification will provide you with a wealth of knowledge and competency in French and Spanish for use in leisure or travel. It is not only an opportunity to improve your language skills but knowledge of a language can enhance your job prospect. The A levels qualification is taught by native speakers and learning a language is always fun!

AS

For AS the core topics are:

Social issues and trends

  • Aspects of Hispanic society

Artistic culture

  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

Literary texts and films

  • Choice of either a book or a film

A Level
For A Level candidates must study the topics listed for AS plus a book and a film from the list set by AQA. In Year 13 students also have the opportunity to do a research project on a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where Spanish is spoken.

AS

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing
How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 90 marks
  • 45 % of AS

Paper 2: Writing
How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 50 marks
  • 25 % of AS

Paper 3: Speaking
How it’s assessed

  • Oral exam: 12 –14 minutes
  • 60 marks
  • 30 % of AS

A Level

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A-level

Paper 2: Writing

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks in total
  • 20% of A-level

Paper 3: Speaking

How it's assessed

  • Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

You will have to complete research assignments on cultural topics related to the country where the language is spoken. These will deal with a variety of themes ranging from politics and environment to watching and discussing foreign films and books. For the reading and listening units pupils will be given vocab lists and will be expected to work on spelling and grammar strategies.

Congratulations to our Year 13 students on achieving 100% A*-C

Congratulations to our Year 13 students on achieving 100% A*-C

This course is suitable for students with a passion for languages and an interest in other cultures. You should have a genuine interest in languages and an enthusiasm about social, political and cultural aspects of different cultures and be keen on communicating. Through modern languages you will develop your ability and desire to communicate in speech and writing.

Language A level complements a wide range of other courses at key Stage 5. As well as the obvious links, such as English Literature due to its literacy based nature, there is also links to Law, Sociology, Government and Politics as Languages are strongly linked to cultural and political factors. Also, the enquiry element means it reinforces those subjects which are enquiry based.

Learning a language will bring you a wide range of skills and attributes. Not only will you be able to communicate in another language but you will have opportunities to improve communication and interpersonal skills, all of which are highly sought after by employers and universities alike. A qualification in GCE Spanish or French will offer you a range of employment opportunities and not just in the traditional fields of teaching, tourism, government and marketing. An A level certificate in Languages will also benefit you in areas such as financial services, IT, journalism and engineering.