Modern Languages Spanish AS & A2 Level
Both AS and A Level follow the AQA Specification. AS Level usually takes one year, A2 takes an additional year.
Who Will Teach Me?
Spanish is quite unique as it is only taught by one teacher at The Vale Academy but as you will be aware, the exact staffing depends on timetabling. However, all Modern Language teachers are fully qualified and have experience in teaching at this level.
What Entry Requirements Do I Need?
The minimum requirement is a Grade C at GCSE, although, due to the challenging nature of both the AS & A2, we prefer higher grades as proof of real linguistic ability.
How Will I Be Assessed?
At both AS and A2 Levels, there are assessments in the four skill areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
Unit 1 - Listening, Reading And Writing
A 2 hour examination worth 70% of the AS marks and 35% of the A2 marks.
Unit 2 - Speaking
An individual test lasting 15 minutes, with 20 minutes preparation time, worth 30% of the AS marks and 15% of the A2 marks.
Unit 3 - Listening, Reading And Writing
A 2½ hour examination worth 35% of the total A Level marks.
Unit 4 - Speaking
An individual test lasting 15 minutes, with 20 minutes preparation time, worth 15% of the total A Level marks.
What Will I Learn On This Course?
AS topics: media, healthy living/lifestyle, popular culture, family/relationships.
A2 topics: environment, the multicultural society, contemporary social issues, a cultural topic of your choice (can be based on an interest in literature, history, geography or art).
You will continue to develop your language skills so that you can communicate with native speakers, both orally and in writing, at a high level. This will involve extending your understanding of grammar and increasing your knowledge of vocabulary to enable you to discuss current affairs and issues affecting young people.
What Kind Of Person Studies This Course?
In addition to being an obvious choice for those students who are keen and able linguists, an AS or A Level in Spanish is an excellent companion subject for those taking Sciences and Humanities because it is a much sought after skill in the world of work. British companies are notoriously short of speakers of foreign languages and are actively seeking employees with qualifications not only directly related to their business, but who can offer additional skills. It is also possible to study two languages if you have done so to GCSE.
Where Will An AS/A2 Level In Spanish Lead Me?
Careers most often associated with languages include those in the travel industry, bi-lingual secretaries, translators, interpreters, marketing, retail and teaching. However, for many careers, a language qualification, although perhaps not essential, can be seen as a desirable asset by employers. This is why many universities combine a variety of subjects with the study of a foreign language, such as Law, Business and Management Studies. Recently, an increasing number of universities prefer a language qualification on entry. It is worth noting that 90% of the world's population live in a country where English is not the native tongue, and 60% of British trade is with non-English speaking countries.
The ability to communicate in a foreign language sets you apart from the crowd and literally opens up a world of opportunities. Once you have mastered one foreign language, it is easier to learn another should the need arise.
Where Can I Get More Information Or Advice?
For further information you can contact:
Mrs H Holmes
The Vale Academy