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For Spanish A-Level the new linear AQA specification will be used from September 2016. Throughout this 2 year course, students will study two core topic areas, ‘Social Issues and Trends’ and ‘Political and Artistic Culture’, as well as grammar and either two literary texts or a text and a film. Students also undergo a personal research project which will be assessed in their oral examination at the end of the course. The two core topic areas are broken down into the following sub-themes which are studied
in relation to at least one Spanish speaking country using a range of sources, including material from online media.

Social issues and trends
Aspects of Hispanic society

  • Modern and traditional values
  • Cyberspace
  • Equal rights

Multiculturalism in Hispanic society

  • Immigration
  • Racism
  • Integration

Political and artistic culture
Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

  • Modern day idols
  • Spanish regional identity
  • Cultural heritage or cultural landscape
Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world

  • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
  • Monarchies, republics and dictatorships
  • Popular movements

During the course, students will carry out two cultural studies from a selection of literary texts and films. The cultural studies currently being taught are:

Literary text: ‘Crónica de una muerte anunciada’ (Gabriel García Márquez).

Film: El laberinto del fauno (Guillermo del Toro).

The end of course assessment consists of:
Paper 1 – Listening, Reading & Writing (2 hrs 30 mins) 40% of A-Level
Paper 2 – Writing (2hrs) 30% of A-Level
Paper 3 – Speaking (21-23 mins) 30% of A-Level

Language lessons consist of many activities: Apart from reading, speaking, listening and writing, there are regular lessons in the language laboratory, where students will use authentic material to enhance language skills. Other authentic material such as the
Internet, newspapers, magazines, films, programmes and songs will also be a fundamental part of the course. As well as lessons with teachers, students will have an oral lesson each cycle with our Spanish language assistant, Claudia to help improve spoken Spanish. Students also have the opportunity to travel to Spain to experience an intensive Spanish language course in Salamanca and soak up the Spanish culture.