Spanish A level builds on the language skills you acquired while studying for GCSE. This course will help you become more fluent and more knowledgeable about current affairs and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. You will be taught using a range of resources including published multi-media materials, magazines and authentic, online resources. Your Spanish will improve through regular focused teaching, supported by weekly tutorials with the Spanish Language Assistant.
If you study Spanish you will develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning in a variety of contexts and genres. You will be able to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes. You will develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where Spanish is spoken and be able to consider their study of the language in a broader context.
A level Spanish is a requirement for going on to take a degree in Spanish. Being proficient in a second language gives a real boost to your career prospects. In an increasingly competitive job market, a qualification in a foreign language can make you stand out from the crowd.
Competency in a second language opens up doors to the international STEM markets. A language A level can also set you apart when applying to study medicine at university.
In our increasingly globalised economy, we need a workforce that is not just technically skilled but one that has knowledge about the world. Many organisations do business or have offices in other countries so having a team that can easily communicate is invaluable. Specialist language occupations include working as a translator, interpreter or language teacher. However, with globalisation, a qualification in a language can also be advantageous in pursuing careers in areas you might not have thought of. These include tourism, entertainment, public relations and mass communication, international organisations, embassies, diplomatic service and publishing.
A minimum of five subjects at grade 4 (or above) including grade 4 (or above) in Maths and grade 5 (or above) in English Language. Ideally you will have a grade 6 at GCSE level in Spanish. You will need to be prepared to work hard and be brave enough to speak in Spanish so that you can improve your spoken language.
Exam specification - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/spanish-7692