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Subject Intent: Why Spanish?

The Spanish curriculum deepens a curiosity and love of languages and other cultures, as well as developing an advanced understanding of how languages work. Through a focus on both culture and communication, we aim to foster a passion for exploring a foreign language, comparing it to our own. Language learning provides an insight into others’ countries and cultures, and thus widens our intellectual horizons and promotes social mobility. We aim to broaden students’ knowledge and skills beyond the subject specification, exposing them to as much authentic material as possible. We aim to challenge our students to achieve a high level of communicative competence in the four equally important attainment targets of listening, speaking, reading and writing, thus not only developing literacy skills but also strengthening students’ resilience and problem-solving skills. Through studying Spanish, students will see the benefits of travelling the world and will be offered the opportunity to visit and have first-hand experience of family life in Spain, therefore ensuring they have the skills to communicate and have meaningful and life changing experience.

Why should I study this subject?

Studying Spanish increases your understanding of the language and your ability to write and speak with greater accuracy and confidence in a range of situations. It develops your understanding of how languages, including English, work and improves your attention to detail. It also offers you the chance to find out more about Spanish culture and society and develops your capacity to see the world through other people’s eyes and understand their point of view. Languages are regarded as some of the most academic subjects so universities and employers value them. Many students go on to study Spanish or another language as part of their degree, often in combination with another subject such as History, Law or Business; languages go well with every other subject. Fluency in Spanish can allow you to work or study in Spain or other Spanish-speaking countries, during your studies or later in life.

What will I study?

Students will study topics from a range of political, social and cultural themes all in relation to the Spanish-speaking world. Some examples include the following:Students will study topics from a range of political, social and cultural themes all in relation to the Spanish-speaking world. Some examples include the following:
• Equal rights
• Changes in the Spanish family
• Immigration and Regional identity in Spain
Students will also study the following:
• A Spanish film and a play
• An individual research project in Year 13 to prepare for the oral examination

Studying A-level Spanish this past year has really helped to improve my understanding of the language and culture of Spain. I feel as though my Spanish skills have hugely improved due to it being a subject that I really enjoy, especially through the regular speaking practice. I particularly enjoy learning new vocabulary and interesting facts about Spain, which I believe will help me in my future and in my development towards becoming a fluent speaker.

Iona Lenaghan
McAuley Catholic High School

What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here