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Spanish A-level

Level 3 A-levels
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North Devon Campus
Two years

Some 400 million people around the world speak Spanish, so it goes without saying that it is a very worthwhile language to study at A-level. People who can speak a foreign language are more marketable and have more career choices, and as Spanish is one of today's global languages, it is the perfect choice.

Language graduates have one of the lowest rates of unemployment.


On this Spanish A-level programme you will learn to communicate in advanced Spanish in a range of situations by studying a variety of exciting topics and current affairs. The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing studied at GCSE become more interdependent as you develop your Spanish, while exploring interesting issues that affect life in the 21st century.

You will have the opportunity to explore topics of personal interest. There are 4 core units: evolution of the Spanish society, culture in the Spanish speaking world, immigration and multicultural society and Francos’ dictatorship and the transition to democracy. You will study the film ‘Volver’ by acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar and a novel by the famous Columbian author Gabriel Garcia Maquez ‘El Coronel no Tiene Quien le Escriba’

During both years, you may have the opportunity to enhance and put into practice the skills learnt within the programme with an educational trip to Spain. We have recently visited Barcelona, Malaga, Granada, Cordoba and most recently Seville. There may also be opportunities to have an individual exchange with Spanish students.
The A-level is made up of two mandatory units in the first year, and two further mandatory units in the second year. There is no coursework; it is all assessed through exams.

In your final year there will be exams on all 4 mandatory units of the course.
Speaking test represents 15% of the marks for A-level.
Listening, Reading and Writing and translation papers.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

You will need a grade 5 or above in Spanish, or evidence of prowess to the equivalent standard. Email for more information.
You can use your skills to find employment in a wide range of areas, from banking to charity work. You could also study a combined degree in Spanish and your chosen subject, like International Relations, Computing or Business. Alternatively, you may study a Spanish degree, considering that language graduates have one of the lowest rates of unemployment among other graduates.
This course is taught by native speakers, so students can acquire correct pronunciation and get used to the pace of speech. Approximately 30% of your classes will take place in the modern language lab where you can improve your linguistic skills through the use of the latest language-learning technology. You will have access to authentic materials like press publications and audio/video recordings. You are also encouraged to access these from home via the internet. The library also receives press publications and has a stock of dictionaries, books and other materials you can use for your private study or homework.

Learning Technologies and Library Services offer relaxed, quiet and comfortable places to study. You will find a variety of private and group study spaces on campus and multiple computers that can be pre-booked. The college WiFi also allows you to bring your own devices to use.

There are always friendly members of staff on hand to help you find information to assist your study, and you can borrow items including books, journals and media equipment in the Library.
For your introductory day, you will need to bring your GCSE results.
Learners are expected to pay £20 for photocopying.
If your require further information about this course, please contact
Q; Is there a trip to Spain?
A: Yes, given enough interest from students, we try to organise a trip to a different destination in Spain each spring.

Q: I am doing GCSE foundation tier, can I still do A-level if I get a GCSE grade 4?
A: It is not recommended that you sit the foundation tier GCSE paper if you want to do an A-level, even if you pass, you will struggle to bridge the gap as the A-level is a step up from the higher tier GCSE level. It is best to sit the higher-tier papers. However, we can arrange for you to have a practical test by our own lecturer to assess your ability to be considered on the course.

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