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

Jonathon

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
Exeter University (Business Management)

I chose MPW because of the academic support provided by the college, which was instrumental in helping me throughout the challenging nature of my one-year A level courses. The weekly Timed Assignments and assistance provided by the Personal Tutor system helped me in areas I had previously struggled. Playing for the college football team was a great release from the challenging academic nature of the year and it helped me build friendships with other students in the college.

Shivali

Grades achieved at MPW
AAA

Progressed to
Leeds University (Dentistry)

The best part about studying at MPW is the friendly, encouraging and supportive classroom environment that MPW provides.  It makes asking for help and reaching your potential easy and enjoyable. The college really helps students to believe in themselves.  The Personal Tutor system is great because it is available for you to use to whatever extent you might need whether that be having weekly meetings or meeting every now and then for a quick catch up to analyse my current progress.  The weekly Timed Assignments have also enabled me to build my confidence in the build up to my exams.  They help you to feel comfortable in an exam environment, as well as enable you to consolidate the material you need to recall in the final exams

Annabel

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AB

Progressed to
Exeter University (International Relations and History)

“Having not achieved the grades I wanted or needed in my A levels at my previous college I decided that retaking would be the best option for me.  I have found the small classes at MPW to be a real asset, and that, coupled with the fantastic teaching, has certainly enabled me to grow academically. Further to this, both the academic support and the university guidance provided by the college have been exceptional.”

Renee

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A

Progressed to
Manchester University (Dentistry)

After failing to get into Dental School last year I lost a lot of confidence and was worried that I might never get into my dream course.  The one-to-one support you get from MPW is so much more efficient compared to the main stream schools and colleges. The individual help you get for applying to University which includes interview support is amazing. No matter if you are a resit or a first time student, no one judges you and as long as you are hardworking and want to be a success.

Jake

Grades achieved at MPW
A*A*A*A

Progressed to
Oxford University (Mathematics)

I joined MPW because I wanted to be part of a close knit community that focuses on helping students attain the grades they are really capable of.  Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor who assists them in all aspects of student life.  I would recommend the individual and personally tailored care given to any student looking to expand their academic horizons.  The encouragement and support has allowed me to aim high and achieve results that I had previously thought weren't possible. 

Cordelia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
King’s College London (Dentistry)

MPW gave me a second chance in pursuing a career in dentistry. The small class sizes and weekly timed assessments gave me and my tutors a clear indication of my progress.  The rigorous teaching schedules, structured and tailored to my personal needs, was exactly what I needed. MPW placed heavy focus on exam technique as the key to achieving the required higher grades. Being able to talk with my tutors at any time in the day was an invaluable aid. It was also clear how much the teachers took a personal interest in the development of each individual student.

Josephine

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
University of Warwick (Management)

I joined MPW having not fulfilled my academic potential during my AS level exams at my previous school. I decided to retake my AS year at MPW and it was the best decision I ever made. The tutors at MPW have pushed me to achieve my maximum potential and have greatly improved my academic performance. The best part of studying at MPW is the weekly timed assignments as they ensure that you continuously review and revise work as well as helping you to make weekly improvements on exam technique.

Olivia

Grades achieved at MPW
A*AA

Progressed to
Bristol University (Dentistry)

Throughout my time at MPW I have been provided with constant support.  The college has prepared me for not only my exams but also the university interviews I attended.  It has been an amazing experience from start to finish.  The friendly and welcoming environment created by the staff and students made it an ideal setting for me to concentrate on achieving my targets.

Alex

Grades achieved at MPW
AAA

Progressed to
University of Birmingham (Law)

I came to MPW with very low self-confidence after under-achieving at AS level at my previous school, and have left with greater confidence about my academic ability and with a definite degree of clarity about what I hope to achieve in terms of my career. My experience at my previous school was that those with Oxbridge potential receive the most support and attention. This is not the case at MPW. I have found that it does not matter about that what the student's potential may be, each student receives the same amount of help to achieve their goals.