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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Spanish in the Sixth Form

A Level Spanish

signThis course helps students to develop their interpersonal and general study skills, but most of all they learn to communicate at a higher level in Spanish. Students also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the society or societies in which Spanish is spoken. 

This course enables students to gain more knowledge and understanding of cultural and social aspects of Spain and Spanish speaking countries. Students need to be interested in developing this understanding and exploring in much more depth the topic areas that they have covered at GCSE. They must be keen and excited to take advantage of the opportunities offered to spend time and undertake work in Spanish speaking countries.

There will be a range of opportunities open. Some students choose to do degree courses in languages; others choose to pursue a higher education course in another subject, but choose a language option alongside it. We live in an increasingly global community, and language skills are highly sought-after in the workplace. Having a language at A Level improves employability, in particular with companies which have international branches. Employers know that linguists have excellent communication skills and can rely on them to transfer those skills easily. There is also of course much personal pleasure to be gained through the travel, understanding of other cultures and places, and opening of your mind to the world which all come with the further study of languages.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

You will need at least a GCSE grade 5 in Spanish and you will want to demonstrate your ability at this level in all four language skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. This course will enable you to gain more knowledge and understanding of cultural and social aspects of Spain and Spanish speaking countries. You need to be interested in developing this understanding and exploring in much more depth the topic areas that you will have covered at GCSE. You must be keen and excited to take advantage of the opportunities offered to spend time and undertake work in Spanish speaking countries.

What will I learn on this course?

This course will help you to develop your interpersonal and general study skills, but most of all you will learn to communicate at a higher level in Spanish. The course will provide you with a coherent course study for all students. You will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the society or societies in which Spanish is spoken.

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

If you are interested in languages and communication, and you enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life, then this modern foreign languages course would be very suitable for you. Similarly, if you are interested in the business world, in travel or tourism, in literature, or in journalism and the media, then you are also likely to find this course not only very suitable but enjoyable. There are several options in the course where you can choose your topic or question to suit your interests. Whether you want to use language for work, for further study, for training, or for leisure, this is the course for you.           

What is the course content and how is it assessed?

A Level

EXAMS

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

Written examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes

50% of the qualification

Paper 2: Written response to works and writing

Written examination: 2 hours 

20% of the qualification

Paper 3: Speaking

Internally conducted and externally assessed

Total assessment time: between 21 and 23 minutes, this includes 5 minutes of preparation time.

30% of the qualification

What could I go on to do at the end of my course?

There will be a range of opportunities open to you. Some students choose to do degree courses in languages; others choose to pursue a higher education course in another subject, but choose a language option alongside it. We live in an increasingly global community, and language skills are highly sought-after in the workplace. Having a language at A level will certainly improve your employability, in particular with companies which have international branches.  Employers know that linguists have excellent communication skills and can rely on them to transfer those skills easily.  There is also of course much personal pleasure to be gained through the travel, understanding of other cultures and places, and opening of your mind to the world which all come with the further study of languages.

Competition Writing

A Level Spanish students are currently taking part in a writing competition:  we have a chained short story where the last sentence of the week's story sets the first sentence for next week's story.  We publish the winning stories each fortnight. To view the students' work so far, click this link: http://mflatchsg.pbworks.com/w/page/122728731/Microrrelatos%20en%20Espa%C3%B1ol