Bolton School Sixth Form Boys
Why should I study Spanish at Bolton School?
Spanish A-level is a hugely enjoyable and challenging subject which will allow you to develop your fledging linguistic skills and develop them into a real ability to communicate on both a formal and informal level. The relatively small size of the department means that lessons can include lively discussion and interaction in Spanish, and that there is plenty of opportunity for individual attention. You will also have weekly speaking practice with the Spanish language assistant, giving you the opportunity to develop oral fluency and try out new skills. In Year 12, there is the chance to join our popular joint Spanish trip with the Girls’ Division. In short, the Spanish Department is able to offer a rewarding and highly individualised experience for any boy who chooses to continue with Spanish.
What will I study?
We will be following the AQA A-Level course.
For Year 12, the course is broad and relevant, offering you the chance to develop your linguistic skills through the study of topics such as social issues in Spain and Latin America, artistic culture, and regional identity. You will also study in detail a Spanish or Latin American film. The grammatical content of the course is of great importance and you will gain a much deeper knowledge of the structure of the Spanish language.
A-Level builds on the topics covered in the previous year and also covers multiculturalism in Hispanic society and politics. You will also study a Spanish novel in detail and undertake an individual research project on a topic of your choice relating to the Hispanic world.
How will I be assessed?
A-Level is assessed by two written papers and an oral examination at the end of the course.
Any pupil who has passed GCSE Spanish can elect to study Spanish in the 6th form. The ability to get good grades at AS and A-Level requires a large amount of independent work. Consequently, pupils should have a genuine interest in Spanish and the ability to go beyond the basic structures encountered at GCSE. Although the Department will not turn down anyone who has a genuine passion to learn Spanish, anyone struggling to gain a Grade B or above at GCSE is unlikely to succeed at A-level.
Where will it lead?
We are very pleased that many of our former students have chosen to continue studying Spanish at university, though still others have gone on to courses such as Law or Medicine. Along with the other language A-levels, Spanish is considered a ‘facilitating’ subject by Russell Group universities, meaning that it opens doors to more degrees and more professions than others. The number of students able to include a language A-level on their CV or UCAS form is in decline, while language skills are valued by employers and universities more than ever. This means that by taking a Spanish A-level, you will be setting yourself apart from other applicants. These practical considerations aside, the ability to communicate effectively in the world’s second most commonly spoken language is hugely rewarding when travelling for business or pleasure and opens up a whole new world of culture.