Entry requirements: GCSE grade 6 in Spanish
Through a variety of topic areas such as family and marriage, tourism, music and media, festivals and the world of work, you will develop your language skills and consolidate your knowledge of grammar and translation.
In addition, you will study a Spanish film in Year 12 and undertake a study of literature in Year 13. You will also continue to study a variety of social, political and cultural issues from a range of Hispanic countries.
We use films, popular magazines and newspapers alongside the course book to teach the topics, and the department has organised trips to conferences, the cinema and theatre productions to complement the course. You will also have the opportunity to take part in our exchange to Barcelona to develop speaking skills and cultural knowledge.
You will be assessed across all four skills as you were at GCSE. Assessment will also include a focus on translation skills and you will study two pieces of literature in detail (a film in Year 12, and a short novel or play in Year 13).The speaking examination will include an independent research project which will require you to provide statistics and evidence of different viewpoints. The assessment criteria also require you to demonstrate cultural knowledge.
Spanish is the third most widely spoken language (after Mandarin Chinese and English) and has become increasingly important as companies develop and broaden their links with Spain and South America. The world of Business Management, Marketing, Tourism, Banking, the Civil Service, Journalism and Telecommunications all provide opportunities for languages graduates.
In addition to reading a purely languages degree at University, you could combine your Spanish with such subjects as Business Studies, Accountancy, Science, Engineering, Law, Mathematics, Politics, History of Art and Information Technology. Competence in Spanish could also be a useful tool in the service industries.