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Cambridge International AS & A Level Spanish 8665, 8673, 8685, 9719

Summary of course content

Cambridge International AS & A Level syllabuses in languages other than English aim to:

  • develop the ability to understand a language from a variety of registers
  • enable students to communicate confidently and clearly in the target language
  • form a sound base of skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure
  • develop insights into the culture and civilisation of the countries where the language is spoken, including the study of literary texts where appropriate (this does not apply to AS Language qualifications)
  • encourage positive attitudes to language learning and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilisations
  • support intellectual and personal development by promoting learning and social skills.

Candidates study the topics below, with reference to the country or countries where the language is spoken:

  • Human relationships
  • Family
  • Generation gap
  • Young people
  • Patterns of daily life
  • Urban and rural life
  • The media
  • Food and drink
  • Law and order
  • Philosophy and belief
  • Health and fitness
  • Work and leisure
  • Equality of opportunity
  • Employment and unemployment
  • Sport
  • Free time activities
  • Travel and tourism
  • Education
  • Cultural life/heritage
  • War and peace
  • Social and economic development
  • Scientific and medical advances
  • Technological innovation
  • Environment
  • Conservation
  • Pollution
  • Contemporary aspects of the country or countries where the language is spoken

How the course is assessed

1

Candidates can choose to take an assessment at either

– Advanced (A) Level or
– Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level

2

For Cambridge International AS & A Level Spanish, candidates:
Take two papers (for the Cambridge International AS Level qualification)
– Speaking Test
– Reading and Writing

3

OR
– take four papers in the same examination series (for the Cambridge International A Level qualification).
– Speaking Test
– Reading and Writing
– Essay
– Texts

The examinations are designed to assess candidates’ linguistic competence and their knowledge of contemporary society. In the exams, candidates will be expected to:

  • understand and respond to texts written in the target language, drawn from a variety of sources such as magazines, newspapers, reports, books and other forms of extended writing
  • manipulate the target language accurately in spoken and written forms, choosing appropriate examples of lexis and structures
  • select information and present it in the target language
  • organise arguments and ideas logically.

Guided Learning Hours

Guided learning hours give an indication of the amount of contact time teachers need to have with learners to deliver a particular course. Our syllabuses are designed around 180 guided learning hours for Cambridge International AS Level, and around 360 guided learning hours for Cambridge International A Level.

Course code 8665, 8673, 8685, 9719
Level AS/A
Syllabus

Required textbook

  1. Acción gramática Spanish grammar for A level, Phil Turk, Francisco Villatoro, Mike Zollo, ISBN 9781510431584. You can find the textbook here.
  2. Ponte al día (student book), Mike Thacker, Monica Morcillo Laiz, ISBN 9780340846698. You can find the textbook here.