Four or more GCSEs Grade A*-C or equivalent, plus a minimum of Grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
Minimum B Grade at GCSE in Spanish.
It is vital that you have a keen interest in current European and political affairs and a desire to understand and research the position of Spain in the world today, as many of the topics involve discussion of current affairs and the recent history of Spain.
Continual teacher assessment in 4 skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Conversational work (small groups) with Spanish Language Assistant.
AS end of course examination in May (Y12).
A2 end of course examination in May (Y13)
The AS and A2 examinations comprise of two parts.
One Speaking exam, lasting approximately 20 minutes, which involves responding to a stimulus card and a general, unprepared, conversation across a number of topics.
One Listening, Reading and Writing paper, which involves a number of 10 mark comprehension questions and an essay question.
Students with AS or Advanced GCE Spanish have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. A modern foreign language supports a range of subjects including Law, business and economics, engineering etc. Language A-Levels are highly regarded by businesses and can lead to university degrees which are even more sought after in a business world where borders are rapidly disappearing.
Languages are essential for careers in teaching/ the European Union/translation/most businesses dealing with Europe where speaking an additional language is an advantage e.g banking.
Taught by S.Leach, J. Fitzpatrick, R. Blythe
A-Level Spanish provides a continuation of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing acquired at GCSE. An interest in language learning is absolutely essential as foreign language learning requires dedication and hard work. A good level of linguistic ability is a marketable skill increasingly demanded in commerce, marketing, law, leisure and tourism, sales and engineering. Students from all Sheffield schools are encouraged to apply.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in a week-long exchange with our partner school in Plasencia, Spain or to carry out a work experience placement in Spain during Year 12. Both programmes offer students an unrivalled opportunity to practise their spoken Spanish with native speakers, which will boost students' performance and confidence in speaking, a key part of the course.
Students at Forge Valley also have a weekly dedicated speaking lesson with our Foreign Language Assistant.
The course builds on the foundation laid at GCSE to become a confident independent speaker of Spanish and develop skills required to speak about a range of topics, for example media, popular culture and the Hispanic world. Receptive skills will be developed through work in class and at home with students needing to understand longer spoken and written passages of language as well as developing the ability to translate both to and from the target language. Students are required to study a film and a book at A-Level (El Laberinto del Fauno and La Casa de Bernarda Alba), which explore a range of themes, students then write an essay showing their critical and analytical understanding of the two pieces.
Current Trends in the Hispanic World: family, technology and equality
Artistic Culture in the Hispanic World: idols, regional identity, heritage
Literature: film – El Laberinto del Fauno, Play – La Casa de Bernarda Alba