Course Entry Requirements
GCSE grade 5 in Spanish PLUS GCSE grade 5 in English Language
This is a highly respected A Level leading to a wide range of career options as it develops communication and independent study skills. We offer fantastic facilities and resources at Carmel including a state of the art language lab. There are opportunities to travel abroad to Spain as well as outstanding support including lessons with friendly native speakers.
What you will study
You will continue to practise listening, reading, writing and speaking in Spanish, but to a higher level, with much more interesting topics focusing on the culture of Spain and Latin America.
- Study a range of topics covering different aspects of Spanish society and culture
- Analyse text and films as part of the written exam
- Carry out a research project on an aspect of Hispanic culture to discuss in the speaking exam
- Attend weekly conversation classes
There are internal assessments to track your progress as well as three external examinations at the end of your second year:
Component 1 – Speaking (30%)
Component 2 – Reading, Listening and Translation (50%)
Component 3 – Essay writing: Text (La casa de Bernarda Alba) / Film (Las 13 Rosas) (20%)
- Small group sessions with a native speaker to improve speaking skills
- Weekly tutorials to improve grammar, reading, writing and comprehension skills
- A weekly ‘Stretch and Challenge’ session for more able linguists
- Regular revision sessions before exams
- High Achievers+ support with applications to competitive universities
- Visit Spain and immerse yourself in the language and culture
- HA+ sessions on an introduction to linguistics in Spanish
- Careers talks and advice from universities and former students
- Guest speakers from Spain to deliver sessions on the Civil War and Spanish festivals
Students in recent years have gone to university, studying languages by themselves or combined with other subjects, such as business, management, law, administration, ICT, engineering, international marketing and journalism. The choice is endless!
Some examples include interpreters, translators, MFL teachers, international lawyers, risk analysts, broadcast journalists, diplomatic service workers, international marketing executives, international travel consultants and many more.