A-Level Spanish

A-LEVEL SPANISH

Helping Pupils Flourish Through Language-Learning

Exam Board and Specification Codes: Edexcel AS-Level 8SP0; Edexcel A-Level 9SP0

WHY STUDY SPANISH?

Spoken in more than 23 countries, Spanish is the world’s third most-spoken language after Mandarin Chinese and English, making it an asset to any professional profile. Whether pupils aspire to develop their professional skills on the stock market, in business, as an artist, or simply for travel purposes, Spanish can provide solid support. Learning a language broadens the mind and encourages approaching different cultural traditions, lifestyles and ways of thought with an open mind.

WHAT IS COVERED BY THE COURSE?

The A-Level course consists of two different stages: AS and A Level. One of the fundamental differences is the higher degree of difficulty in comparison with the easier GCSE learning requirements. Learning about Spanish culture, literature, film, music and Hispanic history and traditions is an essential part of the A-Level curriculum. The counterpart to a most challenging curriculum is a far more interesting choice of topics to be studied.

The AS and A level courses are delivered in Spanish and develop the ability to participate in discussions and debates on current affairs and Hispanic topics.

Recent modifications as far as the examination board is concerned:

  • Literature and film can be taught from AS
  • Literature and film objects of research are set at AS from a list issued by the board
  • Assessment includes a target language essay
  • Independent research project at A-Level is assessed within the speaking exam
  • Compulsory themes – social issues and trends, political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture
  • New Assessment Objective around knowledge and understanding of the target language culture – students are required to demonstrate this in the speaking and writing components

HOW IS IT EXAMINED?

AS and A-Level Examinations

Teaching starting September 2017; assessments starting May 2018 or 2019 respectively; all examinations taken in May-June only.

The curriculum has been changed so teachers can start teaching literature and film at AS, entering the exam (Paper 2) after the first year, as an option.

AS

Teaching starting September 2017; assessment starting May 2018.

Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Translation

Written examination comprising:

  • Section A – Listening (24 marks)
  • Section B – Reading (28 marks)
  • Section C – Translation into English (12 marks)

(1hr 45mins; 64 marks; 40% of qualification)

Paper 2 – Written Response to Works and Translation

Written examination. Pupils complete Section A and one question from either Section B or C.

  • Section A – Translation (20 marks)
  • Section B – Written response to literary texts (40 marks) or
  • Section C: Written response to films (40 marks)

(1hr 40mins; 60 marks; 30% of qualification)

Paper 3 – Speaking

Internally conducted and externally assessed.

(27-30mins of which 15mins is formal preparation time; 72 marks; 30% of qualification)

Task 1 – Pupils are required to read and discuss two short texts based on:

  • Theme 1: La evolución de la sociedad española

Task 2 – Pupils are required to discuss:

  • Theme 2: La cultura política y artística en el mundo hispanohablante

Assessment overview

Pupils complete two tasks – Task 1 (42 marks) and Task 2 (30 marks)

  • Task 1 – Responding to written language and discussion based on Theme 1
  • Task 2 – Discussion on Theme 2

A-Level

Teaching starting September 2017; assessment starting May 2019.

Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Translation

Written examination on topics based on the society and culture of the target language:

  • Section A – Listening (30 marks)
  • Section B – Reading (30 marks)
  • Section C – Translation into English (20 marks)

(2hrs; 80 marks; 40% of qualification)

Paper 2 – Written Response to Works and Translation

Written examination on either two literary works or one literary text and one film from a prescribed literary text and film list.

  • Section A – Translation into Spanish (20 marks)
  • Section B – Written response to literary texts (50 marks); students who select two literary texts do not need to complete Section C.
  • Section C – Written response to films (50 marks)

(2hrs 40mins; 120 marks; 30% of qualification)

Paper 3 – Speaking

Internally conducted and externally assessed.

(21-23mins of which 5mins is preparation time; 72 marks; 30% qualification)

  • Task 1 (6-7mins)
  • Task 2 (10-11mins; presentation up to 2mins; remaining time for discussion)

(Total assessment 21-23mins: 16-18mins of speaking, plus 5mins Task 1 preparation time)

Pupils complete two tasks – Task 1 (30 marks) and Task 2 (42 marks)

  • Task 1 – Discussion on a theme
  • Task 2, Part 1 – Independent research presentation
  • Task 2, Part 2 – Discussion on independent research

All themes related to Spanish-speaking culture and civilisation.

Papers 1 and 3 based on the following four topics:

1. La evolución de la sociedad española:

  • Cambios en la estructura familiar
  • El mundo laboral
  • El impacto turístico en España

2. La cultura política y artística en el mundo hispanohablante:

  • La música
  • Los medios de comunicación
  • Los festivales y la tradiciones

3. La inmigración y la sociedad multicultural española:

  • El impacto positivo de la inmigración en la sociedad española
  • Enfrentando los desafíos de la inmigración y de la integración en España
  • La reacción social y pública hacia la inmigración en España

4. La dictadura franquista y la transición a la democracia:

  • La Guerra Civil y el ascenso de Franco
  • La dictadura franquista
  • La transition de la dictadura a la democracia