What is Spanish like at A level?Watch
So what's Spanish like as an A level? And what are the assessments like, especially the ones on speaking do you have to think on the spot and make it up on the spot? If it depends on the exam board, I think my school switches to OCR for languages for some reason, unless I heard incorrectly and we carry on with AQA.
Thanks for your help
The grammar and change in speed of learning topics is a big step up from GCSE but it's definitely worth it. If you really like learning spanish you'll love it, I would say you get a lot more from it than other subjects at A level because it's something you'll actually use.
As for the speaking it's nothing like GCSE, it's a lot more like a natural conversation which you make up on the spot which sounds so scary at first but is actually fine. You'll probably have a conversation class every week so by the time of the exam you'll be able to react spontaneously (and you'll have practiced topics so much that you'll know a lot of phrases off by heart). Me and one of my friends used to Skype each other every night the last two weeks before the exam and that really helped with feeling prepared, so I'd say find yourself a partner to speak with.
I hope this all helps you decide- I would definitely recommend spanish even if just to AS.
I took French, Spanish and Latin GCSE and got A*s in all and continued Latin to AS, and Spanish to A2. While I love languages, when considering my university offers, I'm cautious as to whether I made the right decision. It is notoriously difficult to score highly in languages, eg about 20% of A level maths candidates receive A*s, compared to 6-7% in modern languages. This is a problem that has been addressed for a number of years and they are just beginning to make changes, but it's a work in progress. If you take the example of AQA, the writing section of the paper is more heavily weighted than all the other skills so you need to master the writing in order to get A*/A. On top of this, there are native/semi-native/bilingual speakers mingled in with candidates who generally have unparalleled knowledge to that of a candidate whose first language is English - the exams are designed for people learning modern languages as a second language but there are people sitting these papers for whom it is their first language. (There are really detailed reports on this if you really want to know, just google!). Moreover, the grade boundaries are ridiculously high - in my Spanish A2 mock, I got 95/110 which is 86% and that was a B. So, it's something to think about when considering the grades you'll need to get into your firm/insurance university choices. Obviously if you want to continue languages to degree level then an A level would be essential and it's a great skill to have for life. Elements are enjoyable, but it's tough! That said, if you enjoy it then that is sufficient reason enough.
other than that you do actually learn the language but i do regret making the choice as it is very difficult