A Level Spanish (Reformed 2016)

What is Spanish?

This course has been designed to give you a profound understanding of the Spanish language. Not only will you know more about the mechanics of the language - like grammar and vocabulary - but also about how people live and use the language on a day-today basis. At A level, the emphasis shifts to a much higher level than the everyday common skills learned at GCSE. You are expected to offer opinions, to evaluate and to comment on key aspects of the country in which the target-language is spoken. The vocabulary is accordingly at a more demanding level. Nevertheless, it will prove an enjoyable course which enables students to explore in depth various aspects of the recent history, society, culture and, of course, language of Spain.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

If you are thinking of a career in Europe, a good working knowledge of Spanish will stand you in good stead. The course covers an interesting selection of subjects relevant to contemporary society. Language skills open up many interesting career opportunities. Traditionally, language specialists have worked as translators, interpreters and teachers, but there are many other fields in which their skills are highly valued. These include business (e.g., export sales, bilingual PA), journalism, travel and transport, as well as the civil service.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

We study a wide variety of topics which include food, travel, tourism, the media, leisure and the arts. You will receive guidance on using a wide range of resources including the Internet, newspapers, TV programmes, tapes and books and all four language skills will overlap and complement each other with continuous reinforcement of grammar to increase confidence in accurate communication. In addition, you will be encouraged to visit Spain at some point during the course; trips to see Spanish films or plays may be arranged. Students who study a language always grow in confidence and become more aware of the world around them and develop a broad understanding of current affairs. The personal enjoyment of being able to speak another language is immeasurable, as well as being able to enjoy the fruits of that cultural heritage.

AS Specification Number
AQA 7691

 

The AS assessments are based on following general topic areas: Aspects of Hispanic Society (Modern and traditional values, cyberspace and equal rights) and Artistic Culture in the Hispanic World (modern day idols, Spanish regional identity, cultural heritage or cultural landscape)

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing: 1 hour 45 minutes, 45% of AS.

  • Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail (35 marks).
  • Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail (35 marks).
  • Translation into English; a passage of minimum 70 words (10 marks).

Paper 2: Writing: 1 hour 15 minutes, 25% of AS.

  • Translation into Spanish; a passage of minimum 70 words (15 marks).
  • Either one question in Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions or one question in Spanish on a set film from a choice of two questions (45 marks).
  • All questions will require a critical response to aspects such as plot, characterisation, imagery or other stylistic features as appropriate to the work studied.

Paper 3: Speaking: 12–14 minutes, 30% of final qualification

  • Discussion of two sub-themes (6–7 minutes on each) with the discussion based on a stimulus card for each sub-theme. The student studies the cards for 15 minutes before the test begins.

Reading list

AuthorTitlePublisher
Margaret Bond AQA Spanish Oxford Press

A Level

A level Specification Number
AQA 7692

 

This qualification is linear. The A2 assessments are based on following general topic areas:
• Aspects of Hispanic Society (Modern and traditional values, cyberspace, equal rights)
• Multiculturalism in Hispanic Society (Immigration, racism, integration)
• Artistic Culture In the Hispanic World (Modern day idols, Spanish regional identity, cultural heritage or cultural landscape)
• Aspects of Political Life in the Hispanic World (Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens, monarchies, republics and dictatorships, popular
movements)

Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Writing: 2 hours 30 minutes, 160 marks in total 50% of A-level
• Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail.
• Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail.
• Translation into English.
• Translation into Spanish.

Paper 2 Writing: 2 hours, 90 marks in total 20% of A-level
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.

Paper 3 Speaking: 21–23 minutes 60 marks in total, 30% of A-level
• Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card.
• Presentation and discussion of individual research project.

Reading list

AuthorTitlePublisher
Margaret Bond AQA Spanish for A level Oxford Press