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Are you considering studying A Level Spanish? The Profs briefly explore the syllabus and options for further study.

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Why study A level Spanish?

Spanish is spoken in 20 countries other than Spain itself. Indeed, there are more Spanish speakers in the USA than there are in Spain. In terms of world languages, Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken, followed by English, Hindustani and then Spanish. Learning to speak Spanish fluently will enhance your career opportunities and widen your choices for travel and leisure.

Studying A level Spanish will not be as demanding for the average British student as many other languages, for example, German. Many colleges employ native Spanish speakers to deliver courses, as well as language assistants for extra speaking practice. It is important to remember that foreign languages can sound impenetrably fast when one first commences study, so hearing native speakers is really valuable.

Will I learn about Spanish culture?

Studying a language is as much about the underlying history, culture and customs as it is about learning the language. A level Spanish courses typically include modules on Hispanic culture and its multicultural nature. Artistic culture and the political landscape associated with Hispanic culture, as well the importance of regional identity will be key to all courses. Students will learn through the medium of a variety of texts and film.

What qualifications do I need?

The requirements of schools and colleges will vary but most students will be studying for 3 A levels so the requirements will be for 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A-C) including English and Maths. Spanish GCSE will be required at grade 6 or above. Some providers do not accept certain GCSEs such as dance or IT or those with a highly practical element.

How will courses be delivered?

A level Spanish courses adopt various teaching methods including:

  • Reading literature
  • Teacher-led formal instruction
  • Group work
  • Roleplay and discussions
  • Watching and discussing films

How does Spanish A Level assessment take place?

There has been a trend in recent years for academic courses to combine both coursework and final year exams. In most subjects now, however, the system has reverted back to being purely assessment by examination. These tests will assess listening, reading and writing. Naturally, as with all language courses, there will be an oral exam.

How can I prepare for studying Spanish at a higher level?

Going to Spain and immersing oneself in the culture and communicating with native speakers is, of course, a good idea if feasible. Other good practice would be to buy some Spanish language magazines and to seek out radio and television programmes. Watching films in the native language with sub-titles can prove to be really valuable.

What next?

Studying Spanish at A level will open up avenues for further study at degree level. You may want to consider studying more than one language at A level, for example, French, in order to keep your options open. If you have an aptitude for Spanish, it is likely that you will also have an aptitude for French. In the context of some careers, such as teaching and translating, two languages can open up additional career paths. Postgraduate and further study is possible if you are considering a career in translating or interpreting. For teaching careers, you will need to undertake a four year Batchelor of Education degree, or a three year degree followed by a PGCE.

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Look no further than the Profs if you need any advice or you feel that you would benefit from some one-to-one tuition in order to get up to the standards required for your A level Spanish studies.

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