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Assessment structure

Paper 1

AQA – A-level Spanish

Eduqas – A-level Spanish

Paper 1 – Listening, reading and writing

Paper 1 – Speaking

Written exam

Spoken exam

2 hours 30 minutes

21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)

100 marks (50% of A-level)

60 marks (30% of A-level)

Listening and responding to spoken passages.

All questions in Spanish to be answered in Spanish or with non-verbal responses (30 marks)

Reading and responding to a variety of texts.

All questions in Spanish to be answered in Spanish or with non-verbal responses (50 marks)

Translation into Spanish; passage of a minimum of 100 words (10 marks)

Translation into English; passage of a minimum of 100 words (10 marks).

Presentation (2 minutes) and Discussion (9-10 minutes) of independent research project

Discussion of sub-theme based on stimulus card (5-6 minutes) (Student chooses from two cards offered).

Paper 2

AQA – A-level Spanish

Eduqas – A-level Spanish

Paper 2 – writing

Paper 2 – listening, reading and translation

Written exam

Written exam

2 hours

2 hours and 30 minutes

80 marks (20% of A-level)

100 marks (50% of A-level)

Either one question in Spanish on a set text, from a choice of two questions, and one question in Spanish on a set film, from a choice of two questions, or two questions on set texts, from a choice of two questions on each text.

Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.

Listening and responding to spoken passages. Questions may include true/false statements, multiple choice, questions and answers, a summary/assimilation-style question and comprehension questions in Spanish.

Reading and responding to a variety of texts. Questions may include true/false statements, gap-fill questions, a summary/assimilation-style question and comprehension questions in Spanish.

Translation into English; a passage or passages of a minimum of 100 words in total.

Translation into Spanish; a passage or passages of a minimum of 100 words in total.

Paper 3

AQA – A-level Spanish

Eduqas – A-level Spanish

Paper 3 – speaking

Paper 3 – critical and analytical response in writing

21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)

2 hours

60 marks (30% of A-level)

40 marks (20% of A-level)

Discussion of sub-theme based on a stimulus card (Student chooses card from two cards offered) (5-6 mins) (25 marks).

Presentation (2 mins) and Discussion (9-10 mins) of individual research project (35 marks).

Either one question in Spanish on a set text, from a choice of two questions, and one question in Spanish on a set film, from a choice of two questions, or two questions on set texts, from a choice of two questions on each text.

Students are advised to write approximately 300 words.

Subject content

Core themes

AQA – A-level Spanish

Eduqas – A-level Spanish

Aspects of Hispanic society:

Students may study all sub-themes in relation to any Spanish-speaking country or countries.

Modern and traditional values (Los valores tradicionales y modernos)

  • Los cambios en la familia
  • Actitudes hacia el matrimonio/el divorcio
  • La influencia de la Iglesia Católica

Cyberspace (El ciberespacio)

  • La influencia de internet
  • Las redes sociales: beneficios y peligros
  • Los móviles inteligentes en nuestra sociedad

Equal rights (La igualdad de los sexos)

  • La mujer en el mercado laboral
  • El machismo y el feminismo
  • Los derechos de los gays y las personas transgénero

Being a young person in Spanish-speaking society:

Families and citizenship: Changing family structures; the changing nature of marriage and partnership; being a good citizen

Youth trends and personal Identity. Trends in fashion; how young people respond to modern technology; relationships with others and peer pressure.

Education and employment opportunities. The education system and student issues; work and travel opportunities and the changing work scene.

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world:

Students must study the sub-theme Spanish regional identity in relation to Spain. Students may study the remaining sub-themes in relation to any Spanish-speaking country or countries.

Modern day idols (La influencia de los ídolos)

  • Cantantes y músicos
  • Estrellas de televisión y   cine
  • Modelos

Spanish regional identity (La identidad regional en España)

  • Tradiciones y costumbres
  • La gastronomía
  • Las lenguas

Cultural heritage (El patrimonio cultural)

  • Sitios turísticos y   civilizaciones prehispánicas: Machu Picchu, la Alhambra, etc
  • Arte y arquitectura
  • El patrimonio musical y su   diversidad

Multiculturalism in Hispanic society:

Students may study all sub-themes in relation to any Spanish-speaking country or countries.

Immigration (La inmigración)

  • Los beneficios y los aspectos negativos
  • La inmigración en el mundo   hispánico
  • Los indocumentados -   problemas

Racism (El racismo)

  • Las actitudes racistas y   xenófobas
  • Las medidas contra el racismo
  • La legislación anti-racista

Integration (La convivencia)

  • La convivencia de culturas
  • La educación
  • Las religions

Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world:

Students must study Monarchies and dictatorships in relation to any relevant Spanish-speaking country or countries. Students may study the remaining sub-themes in relation to any Spanish speaking country or countries.

Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens (Jóvenes de hoy, ciudadanos del mañana)

  • Los jóvenes y su actitud   hacia la política : activismo o apatía
  • El paro entre los jóvenes
  • Su sociedad ideal

Monarchies and dictatorships (Monarquías y dictaduras)

  • La dictadura de Franco
  • La evolución de la monarquía   en España
  • Dictadores latinoamericanos

Popular movements (Movimientos populares)

  • La efectividad de las   manifestaciones y las huelgas
  • El poder de los sindicatos
  • Ejemplos de protestas   sociales (eg El 15-M, las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, …)

Understanding the Spanish-speaking world:

Regional culture and heritage in Spain, Spanish-speaking countries and communities. Festivals; customs and traditions; historical sites; museums and Galleries.

Media, art, film and music in the Spanish-speaking world. Trends in media and art, film and music in the lives of young people.

Diversity and difference:

Migration and integration. Reasons for migration; factors whichmake migration/integration easy/difficult.

Cultural identity and marginalization.

Reasons for marginalisation; ways to eliminate marginalization.

Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference. The positive aspects of a diverse society.

Discrimination and diversity. Life for those who are discriminated against.

The two Spains: 1936 onwards

El franquismo. Origins, development and consequences.

Post-Civil War Spain – historical and political repercussions. Control, repression and daily life in Franco's Spain.

Spain – coming to terms with the past? "Recuperación de la memoria histórica"; attempts to deal with the past; 'los desaparecidos'; removing the symbols of Franco's Spain.

 

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