Aims of the course
- To develop an understanding of Spanish in a variety of contexts.
- To develop a knowledge of the vocabulary and structures of the language.
- To develop transferable language learning skills.
- To develop the ability to communicate effectively in the language.
- To develop awareness and understanding of countries and communities where the language is spoken.
- To offer enjoyment, a sense of achievement and intellectual stimulation.
What will I learn?
Among the many benefits, A-Level in a Modern Foreign Language is designed to encourage you to:
- Develop the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE level and therefore use French/German/Spanish in a wide range of contexts
- Gain a useful insight into another culture and reflect on various aspects of contemporary society
- Enhance their employment prospects, facilitate foreign travel and experience the enjoyment and motivation of improving their linguistic level.
- Students benefit from approximately ten hours of teaching every two weeks in addition to a conversation lesson with a language assistant from the beginning of October until May.
- The Modern Foreign Language Department has a language Laboratory equipped with the latest technology and resources to support the independent learning of our students.
- Our A-level students can also take advantage of a range of reading and listening resources to maximise their learning.
- You will also study a film and a text in the language you are studying.
- 60% of UK trade is with non-English speaking countries
- Customers addressed in their mother tongue are three times more likely to buy
Student Focus: Emily
“Studying Spanish has allowed me to develop a wide range of skills that will undoubtedly apply to whatever I go on to later.”
Why did you choose Spanish?
Spanish is a subject I really enjoyed at GCSE and I was keen to build on what I learnt and increase my fluency and accuracy in both my written and spoken Spanish. We address a much wider and more complex range of topics than at GCSE level, such as the influence of technology on society, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Can the skills learned in Spanish be applied elsewhere in your A-levels?
Absolutely. I also take French, HIstory and English Literature. Spanish is a subject that perfectly complements those subjects, particularly as the structure of the exams for both French and Spanish are so similar. Studying Spanish has also broadened my understanding of the English vocabulary and grammar, which is extremely useful across all of my subjects.