The study of a language in the Sixth Form allows for an even deeper understanding of how the language works, and there is also the opportunity to study both film and literature. In recent years, Spanish students have studied works such as Laberinto del Fauno, Volver and Bodas de Sangre. At this stage, the aim is to reach a level of fluency in all skills, which is achieved by reading a variety of literature, from magazine articles to a Sender novel.
Real resources are used to challenge students, for example BBC Mundo and Spanish documentaries. Students enjoy the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and are encouraged to find an area that they are particularly interested in, with many following Spanish sites through Twitter in their own time.
Our students combine the study of a language with many other subjects, from science and maths, to history and English, as they all realise that A Level Spanish can enhance their future opportunities, including further study at university, regardless of the career path that they wish to follow.
- Aspects of Hispanic society: Modern and traditional values, Cyberspace, Equal rights
- Artistic culture in the Hispanic world: Modern day idols, Spanish regional identity, Cultural heritage
- Literary text OR film from a prescribed list.
In addition to the topics at Year 1:
- Multiculturalism: Immigration, Racism, Integration
- Political life in the Hispanic world: Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens, Monarchies, republics and dictatorships, Popular movements
- Either one text and one film, or two texts from a prescribed list
- Individual research project
Year 1 (AS only)
Paper 1 (40%): Listening, Reading and Translation into English (1h45)
Paper 2 (30%): Translation into Spanish, Essay question on a text or film (1h15)
Paper 3 (30%): Speaking based on stimulus cards (12-14m)
Paper 1 (40%): Listening, Reading and Translation into English and Spanish (2h30)
Paper 2 (30%): Essay question on a text and a film (2h)
Paper 3 (30%): Speaking based on stimulus card and presentation of individual research project (16-18m)
You could have the opportunity to visit leading universities for sessions related to film and culture, and for those who are interested, work experience abroad can be arranged.
Mrs S. Broom
Subject Leader Modern Foreign Languages
MA Education (Cumbria), PGCE MFL (St Martin’s), BA Accounting & Spanish (Lancaster)
I am a passionate believer that speaking another language opens many doors, and my own love of language learning stems from a childhood of visiting other countries, in particular Spain. I have lived and worked in Bilbao, in the north of Spain, and I still spend summers in the south of the country. I began my teaching career with teaching English as a foreign language abroad, and this led me to train as an MFL teacher. I am an enthusiastic user of technology in the classroom and I am rarely seen without my iPad!
Students continuing their language studies at university level
Most students achieve their expected grades or above and many students move onto university.
I decided to study A-Levels at Accrington Academy due to my respect for the teachers there, and how they helped me get to Sixth Form in the first place. I also loved the range of opportunities I was offered. Spanish opens the doors for me to potentially study abroad and gives me analytical skills for use in every area.Molly Haydock
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