Exam Board – Edxecel
What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?
You must have a GCSE in Spanish at Grade B or above and a good grasp of English (Level 5 or above). You must also have an interest in Spain and Latin America.
What will I learn?
You will learn about Spanish and Latin American culture through learning the intricacies of the language, reading novels and plays and watching films. It will give you the chance to really understand what it is like to be a young person in Spain or a Spanish speaking country and will give you the opportunity to learn more about how languages can support your future career.
Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Translation
You will draw on vocabulary and structures learnt throughout the course based on the society and culture of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.
Paper 2 – Written response to works and translation
You will be required to translate a previously unseen passage from English into Spanish and draw on the study of one Spanish text (e.g. play or novel) or film.
Paper 3 – Speaking
You will be required to read and respond to short texts on Spanish society and on political and artistic culture in Latin America.
Why should I choose Spanish?
First and foremost because it is fun! Spanish culture and language is really interesting and will open your mind. In addition, a foreign language is widely considered to be a rigorously academic subject and is also favoured by higher education institutions for the communication skills that it helps students to develop. An A level in a foreign language can give you an invaluable linguistic base on which to build your fluency. Employers prefer candidates who already have a language qualification and skills too, as it saves them money on training and also gives you a proven track record. Critical thinking skills also improve as you learn to see the world through a different cultural perspective so learning a second language actually stimulates your creative streak too!