Hi, Im not sure if I should take A level Spanish. At GCSE I was around an A-B grade, but I know that A level is a lot harder. What did the A level consist of? Was there lots of work? Im not sure if I took it that there would be too much pressure on me considering Im taking chem, biol and geog aswell.. thanks
Spanish AS level Watch
- Thread Starter
- 15-07-2014 11:46
- 15-07-2014 18:47
Spanish AS was my hardest subject, with the biggest step up, out of geography, history, English literature and religious studies. It is a lot harder, and you have to put the work in, just learning vocab that is given to you/winging assessments is certainly not enough, and you'll struggle to get above a C. You can do well but you have to put the effort in, and some people find the step up too much- I'd be cautious if you get a B at GCSE, because if you've really tried your best then you may struggle with A-Level, or if you haven't done much work then you may not be interested enough to do the revision for AS, and that's when you'll struggle.
My biggest piece of advice would be to come to A-Level knowing all of your GCSE stuff- present tense, preterite, imperfect, future, etc.. This will make the step-up feel a lot smaller and you'll find there's a lot less to learn.
The content is quite interesting: Popular Culture, Media, Family+Relationships and Healthy Living, while at A2 you study Multi-cultural society, Environment, and Culture (The teacher chooses but it can be History, a play, a book, an artist or a writer.) What I've said makes it sound really daunting, and everyone finds it very difficult in the first few months, but you can get the hang of it- I've slowly improved from an E, to a D, to a low C, to a low B, and if things go may way on results day I may just scrape an A. I wouldn't do it just as a fourth AS level and don't do it just because you've done well at GCSE, there isn't much of a correlation.
Basically, if you are passionate about Spanish and know you'll put the effort in, do it, you'll enjoy it and it's really useful
- 15-07-2014 18:54
not really about A-level spanish but at gcse do you know if the papers get marked by computers?.....
- 15-07-2014 20:20
Spanish AS definitely has quite a high workload. I got an A at GCSE and I found it quite challenging in the first few months. However, as a previous poster has said, the course is very rewarding if you have a passion for the Spanish language and culture.
I did the WJEC course (AS and A2) and in terms of content we did the following at AS: Family and Relationships, Urban Culture (i.e. fashion, urban groups etc), Education and the Role of Women. At A2 we did the Spanish Civil War, Immigration, Terrorism, Racism, Media, Environment and Work Environments.
Despite being somewhat challenging at times, Spanish actually became my favourite subject to study at A Level as every lesson provided me with new ground I had never encountered before and I could never be complacent with feeling like I knew everything there is to know.