Spanish A Level

Course information

Over the course of the AS and A level portions of the course, you’ll gain an interesting and deep insight into the Spanish language through eight modules, evaluated via 13 tutor-marked assignments. You’ll study for this through a range of learning activities and self-assessment questions.

The AS level begins with a look into the evolution of Spanish society and the political and artistic culture of the Spanish-speaking world, giving you a well-rounded understanding of Spanish’s place on the globe. You’ll also study Bodas de Sangre by Lorca, a defining Spanish tragedy, and the final piece of the course, AS Listening, Reading and Translation.

At A level, you’ll begin learning about immigration and multiculturalism in Spanish society, investigate Franco’s dictatorship and the Spanish transition to democracy, and study Crónica de Una Muerte Anunciada by famed Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez. The A level Spanish course culminates with A level Listening, Reading and Translation.

 

For both AS and the 2nd Year (full A-level) Spanish courses you’ll receive accompanying CD resources to help you practise your Speaking and Listening skills.  Your tutor will be available to help you prepare for you Speaking and Listening exam but you will need to find additional sources of conversational practice.

You can also enjoy free ebook access to the supporting text for the duration of your studies and access to many additional online resources available via Hodder’s Dynamic Learning Platform

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The Oxford Home Schooling Spanish A level course prepares candidates for the Edexcel Spanish A level qualification. The syllabus numbers are:

  • AS Spanish (Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Spanish): course code 8SP0
  • A-level Spanish (Advanced GCE in Spanish): course code 9SP0

The AS course is examined as follows:

  • Unit 1 (8SP0/01) – Listening, Reading and Translation: 40% the mark. 1 hour and 45 minutes written examination.
  • Unit 2 (8SP0/02) – Written response to works and translation: 30% of total mark. 1 hour and 40 minutes written examination.
  • Unit 3 (8SP0/03) – Speaking: 30% of AS grade. Total assessment time: between 27 and 30 minutes.

 

The A level course is examined as follows:

  • Unit 1 (9SP0/01) – Listening, Reading and Translation: 40% of A level. 2 hour written examination.
  • Unit 2 (9SP0/02) – Written response to works and translation: 30% of A level. 2 hour and 40 minutes written examination.
  • Unit 3 (9SP0/03) – Speaking: 30% of A level. Total assessment time: between 21 and 23 minutes.

Oxford Home Schooling also offer a course to match the AQA Spanish A level syllabus (course code 2695) for examination in 2017 (the final year this specification is available). For more information, please feel free to get in contact with our Student Advisers.

What can I do with a Spanish A level?

There are a range of things you can do with your Spanish A level qualification. It’ll allow you to study the language at a further level – at university, for example – which could allow you to gain work in Spain, Latin America and other Spanish-speaking countries across the globe.

 

This could involve working as an interpreter, pursuing a career in international business or working in the tourist industry, travelling the world. The language is also a working language in a number of international organisations such as the World Trade Organisation and United Nations, thereby being useful if you wish to pursue a career in international politics.

 

In terms of further education, the language can be of use to those studying culture, literature, sociology and history. The range of transferrable skills you’ll learn include:

 

  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Essay writing
  • Attention to detail

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How much does it cost?

Our Spanish A level course fee is £525 with a £105 deposit, payable in eight instalments of £52.50.

As you study, you’ll get support from a fully-qualified tutor that has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a degree in education. Your course fee includes:

  • Marking your course assignments
  • Providing written answers to specific problems you might have
  • Tutor contact by telephone, email and skype
  • access to the free ebook copy of the supporting text

When you begin your course, you and your Student Advisor will agree an examination date or dates. The support period will last up to the final examination date.


Prerequisites

Generally, to study Spanish A level you need a minimum of four good GCSEs, ideally with one of these being Spanish GCSE/IGCSE at grade B or above.

If you feel you have other qualifications or experience that could be considered instead of the required GCSEs, please get in touch with one of our student advisers on 0800 0111 024 to talk about your suitability for the course

Questions? Why not speak to a Student Adviser on 0800 0111024.

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