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Prince William School

SPANISH

SPANISH KEY STAGE 5

Overview:

AS Course Overview: The AS course is divided into four general topic areas, relating to:
The Media (including the role of advertising, television and communication technology in modern society); Popular Culture (including discussion of trends in cinema, music and fashion); Family Relationships (examining relationships within the family, marriage and other forms of partnership); Healthy Living/Lifestyle (looks at sport, holidays, health and well-being).

AS Unit 1:

This Unit examines Reading, Writing and Listening and is worth 35% of the total A2 qualification. There is no coursework element. The examination lasts two hours, but the Listening component is done entirely at your own pace.

AS Unit 2:

This Unit examines Speaking and is worth 15% of the total A2 qualification. This is assessed by an External Examiner and lasts a total of 15 minutes.

A2 Course Overview:

The A2 course covers three broad topic areas relating to the Environment, Multiculturalism and Contemporary Social Issues. Students will also study 2 Cultural Topics relating to the target-language country.

A2 Unit 3:

This Unit examines Reading, Writing and Listening and is worth 35% of the total A2 qualification. There is no coursework element. The examination lasts two hours, but the Listening component is done entirely at your own pace.

A2 Unit 4:

This Unit examines Speaking and is worth 15% of the total qualification. This is assessed by an External Examiner and lasts a total of 15 minutes.

Entry Requirements:

AS Course:

A grade Speaking and Writing. B grade Listening and Reading. B Grade Listening or Reading within 5 UMS marks of B grade overall.

AS to A2 progression:

D grade in both Units at AS and where this is not the case students will need to re-sit AS modules alongside the A2 course

Expectations:

For AS Level: prior to the beginning of the course in September, students will revise all GCSE grammar and they will be given guidance on strategies to achieve this. Students will research and prepare a presentation on an element of Spanish culture at the beginning of September. During the course additional independent study will be encouraged and logged. Regular noting of new vocabulary from independent study is essential as well as weekly learning of set vocabulary. Organisation of folders will be vital in ensuring student achievement and on a half-termly basis, student folders will be inspected for to ensure work is well-organised.
For A2 Level: students will be expected to complete key tasks prior to commencing in September, e.g. research into the A2 language topics and familiarisation with current issues relating to these topics as well as reading the core text for the cultural topic and viewing a contemporary film. We expect students to be motivated, hard-working and pro-active in their attitude to learning. MFL students have a dedicated study room with appropriate reference books in the department which they are expected to use for private study. Sixth Form students will act as Student Ambassadors at Open Evenings and other public events and act as mentors to Main School students.

Extra-Curricular Activities / Independent Learning Opportunities:

All students are expected to participate in any exchanges or study visits to Spain. Cultural visits and one day Seminars will also be offered and students are expected to avail themselves of these opportunities.
We offer Oxbridge interview preparation lessons at lunchtimes for Year 13 students and clear guidance on the UCAS application process.

Career Pathways:

As Business becomes more globalised, so the need increases for translators, managers, engineers, lawyers, journalists, scientists and other professionals to have a good degree of competence in at least one European language. Research has shown that graduates with Modern Language degrees have the lowest level of unemployment of any discipline except medicine and education. Employers value the linguistic and communication skills offered by language graduates as well as their awareness and understanding of other cultures.

Good combinations of other subjects to study with Spanish are: 

International Law, International Business, Finance and Economics, Advertising, Journalism, Engineering.
All universities now offer a wide range of subject combinations with a language.

Student Testimonials:

I like the challenge and the smaller class sizes allow more time for individual teacher attention.

There’s no doubt it’s difficult but I have always felt supported and the Department goes out of its way to help you succeed and get what you want out of the course.

I have enjoyed the variety of topics which are so different and more interesting than GCSE.