Exam Board: Edexcel
STRUCTURE OF COURSE
Listening, reading and translation in Spanish
Written response to works and translation in Spanish
Spoken response in Spanish
COMPONENT 1: LISTENING, READING AND TRANSLATION
Externally assessed. 1 hr 50, 40% of the qualification.
COMPONENT 2: WRITTEN RESPONSE TO WORKS AND TRANSLATION
Externally assessed. 2 hrs 40, 30% of the qualification.
COMPONENT 3: SPEAKING
Internally conducted and externally assessed; 30% of the qualification. Task 1: discussion on a Theme. Task 2: presentation and discussion on independent research.
Component 1 & 3 – THEMES
- Changes in Spanish society: changes in families, changes in the world of work, changes and impact of tourism
- Political and artistic scene in Spanish speaking countries : music, media, festivals and traditions
- Immigration and multiculturalism: integration and multiculturalism, public and social reaction to immigration
- Franco’s dictatorship and the transition to democracy
Component 2 - THEMES
This paper draws on the study of two discrete Spanish works: either two literary texts, or one literary text and one film.
POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS
Britain’s involvement with the European Union, has led to an ever-increasing demand for graduates with practical language skills. A qualification in Spanish is an asset in all professional careers, including Medicine. Linguists are highly regarded for their communication skills and cultural awareness. As a major European language, Spanish is particularly valued in Finance, Law, Marketing, Technology, International Relations, International Business Management and the translation and interpreting industry.
Spanish combines with, and complements, a wide range of Arts and Science subjects at all academic levels. Spanish also has strong links to Maths, Music, History, Psychology, Philosophy. Apart from helping you acquire a useful skill and an understanding of another culture, the study of languages is intellectually stimulating and personally enriching.
Remember you do not have to study just Spanish. For those of you who want to major in another subject; you might want to think about adding Spanish to that degree, for example Law with Spanish or Chemistry with Spanish for Science.