Faculty:  MFL                                                                         

Level: AS/A2

Examination Board / website: www.edexcel.com

Assessment Details:

AS Spanish

Spoken Expression and Response Exam (Listening and Speaking)

Understanding and Written Response Exam (Reading and Writing)

A2 Spanish

Understanding and Spoken Response in Spanish (Listening and Speaking)

Research, Understanding and Written Response in Spanish (Research, Translation and Writing)

Written Examinations (Unit titles, duration, % weighting) :

Unit 1

Spoken Expression and Response Exam:

8-10 minute assessment.

Questions related to stimulus followed by general questions on a topic area

30% of AS or 15% of total GCE

Unit 2

Understanding and Written Response Exam (Listening, Reading and Writing)

Section A: Listening

Section B: Reading

Section C: Writing based on a stimulus

2 hour 30 minute paper

70% of AS or 35% of total GCE

A2 Spanish

Unit 3

Understanding and Spoken Response in Spanish

11-13 minute assessment: presentation of an issue followed by discussion

35% OF A2 or 17.5% of total GCE

Unit 4

Research, Understanding and Written Response in Spanish

Section A


Section B

Creative or Discursive Essay

Section C

Research-based Essay

65% of A2 or 32.5% of total GCE

Practical Examinations:  N/A

Coursework: N/A

Course Outline:

AS Spanish

The course is divided into focussed learning areas to ensure that students are given the opportunity to cover all aspects of the Spanish AS curriculum.  These areas include; translation skills, comprehensions, essay writing and grammar.  We use a wide range of learning and teaching techniques and exciting and stimulating challenges and activities to motivate our students, to deepen their learning and to promote independent thinking skills. We ensure our students are well-supported, but encourage them to take risks and to ask challenging questions.

A2 Spanish

This course builds on the skills developed during the AS course.  Again, in order to ensure that all areas of the curriculum are covered in depth, we use focussed learning areas.  These include; translation skills, comprehensions, essay writing and grammar.  Students are also encouraged to develop their debating strategies in the foreign language, to keep up with news and current affairs, and to be able to both hold conversations and write about these.

Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course:

You need to have a real passion for languages, and a desire for a challenge. You need to be able to motivate yourself to work independently, as well as be confident enough to take risks and have a go at expressing yourself in the target language. You need to be well-organised and a desire to travel is always an advantage!

Goes well with : All subjects  

Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:

The ability to master a foreign language puts you in a great position to apply for jobs in all sorts of spheres, from journalism to translation, to the business world, to science, to the creative arts, to accountancy. As long as you combine the language with the right subjects, no door will remain closed to you! Being able to speak another language will give you travel opportunities in the world of work and further education.

For further information, please contact:

Francesca Loewe (Head of  Spanish) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday the 25th. Hendon School, Golders Rise, Hendon, London, NW4 2HP ~ Tel: 020 8202 9004 ~ Fax: 020 8202 3341 ~ E-mail: info@hendonschool.co.uk