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Albemarle Independent College, 18 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7FE


AS Course Outline

Why choose Edexcel AS Level Spanish?


The new Edexcel AS Level in Spanish has been developed to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

Inspiring and engaging Themes

- there are familiar and popular themes as well as some new content that provides clear links to some of the most fundamental and interesting aspects of the culture of the target language country and communities.

Popular literary texts and films

- there is a rich choice of literary texts and films that includes contemporary and more classical titles, together with authentic source materials from Spain and the wider Spanish-speaking world.

How do students benefit from Spanish AS?

It is anticipated that students will:

Spanish AS Level (EDX) Course Specification

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation

Section A: Listening (24 marks)
A listening assessment based on a recording, featuring male and female Spanish speakers. Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources.

Section B: Reading (28 marks)
A reading assessment based on a variety of text-types and genres where students will have to respond to comprehension questions.

Section C: Translation into English (12 marks)
An unseen passage to be translated from Spanish to English

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes, 40% of the qualification, 64 marks

Students are not permitted access to a dictionary during the examination.

Paper 2: Written response to works and translation

Section A: Translation (20 marks)
Students translate an unseen passage from English into Spanish.

Section B: Written response to works (literary texts) (40 marks)
Students select one question from a choice of two for their chosen literary text. If a student answers a question in this section then they do not complete Section C.

Section C: Written response to works (films) (40 marks)
Students select one question from a choice of two for their chosen film. If a student answer a question in this section then they do not complete Section B

Written examination:1 hour and 40 minutes, 30% of the qualification, 60 marks This paper includes a translation exercise and an extended response on either one literary text or one film.

Students are not permitted access to a dictionary or any documentation relating to the works during the examination.

Paper 3: Speaking

Task 1 requires students to read and respond to two short texts based on Theme 1: La evolución de la sociedad española and then hold a discussion.

Task 2 is based on a discussion from Theme 2: La cultura política y artística en el mundo hispanohablante.

Internally conducted and externally assessed
Total assessment time: between 27 and 30 minutes
30% of the qualification, 72 marks

Structure of the Course
This course will be taught for 5 x 1 hour lessons per week. Homework will be set weekly and deadlines must be adhered to. Reading of textbooks is essential.


Edexcel A level Spanish, Hodder Education.


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