Specification AQA

Why study Spanish?

Spanish is the official language in 20 countries and spoken in more than 30. Studying Spanish at AS or A level is the natural way to further your knowledge enabling you to use it in its spoken and written form and acquire an insight into how language is learnt. You will also gain considerable contacts with and insight into the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of the countries where Spanish is spoken. Spanish links well with many other subjects. Occupations in which students can use Spanish include: journalism, business, tourism, government services, teaching, engineering, marketing and law.

What will I study?

In addition to developing and extending the vocabulary and grammatical concepts studied at GCSE, you will also study and acquire specific knowledge of contemporary society with topics such as the environment, the media, young people, work, and the cultural and social issues of Spanish-speaking countries. You can choose your own topics for the oral modules. You will also have conversation time with the Foreign Language Assistant.

How will I be assessed?

AS is examined through 2 module examinations in June of Year 1 (Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing; Unit 2: Speaking) with the opportunity to resit modules in the June of Year 2 if necessary and with the remaining 2 A2 modules examined in June of Year 2 (Unit 3: Listening, Reading and Writing; Unit 2: Speaking).

Course expenses

You may be asked to buy a grammar book (approx. £10) and you will have to buy a vocabulary book (approx. £5) and at A2 you will have to buy a novel (approx.. £8). Any visits that are arranged will be priced as they come up.


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