International Advanced Level Spanish (2016)

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Our Edexcel International Advanced Level in Spanish specification and support materials have been developed with the help of teachers, universities and subject expert groups.

The specification is designed to inspire students, enabling them to use Spanish Language independently and encouraging a deeper understanding of Spanish language and culture. It caters for a range of student interests, with support for those who see languages as a skills to enhance career or travel prospects. 

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International Advanced Level Spanish (2016) specification
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Qualification type:
International Advanced Level Spanish
Level:
Level 3
Subject:
Spanish
Specification codes:
XSP01
Availability:
International only
First teaching:
2016
First assessment:
2017

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Why choose this specification?

Designed for the global learner, this qualification includes specific international content, making it highly relevant to students across the world.

Created in consultation with world-leading Higher Education Institutions, this new qualification provides students with access to local and international universities. 

Our approach caters for a range of student interests with support for those who want to continue to study languages at a higher level and those who see languages as a skill to enhance career or travel prospects.

This qualification is 100% externally assessed and has a modular structure, with exams in January and June.

Our General Topic Areas (GTA) focus on Spain and the wider Spanish speaking world exploring cultural, social, political, moral, intellectual, technological issues and trends.

Resources and training programmes will be available to support you to deliver this new qualification with confidence from September 2016 onwards.

This qualification is modular and comprises of four units. Unit 1 and Unit 2 (IAS) (may be awarded as a discrete qualification or contribute up to 50 per cent of the total International Advanced Level marks) and Unit 3 and unit 4 (IA2). Speaking communication skills are assessed in Units 1 and 3 and skills of listening, reading and writing are assessed in Units 2 and 4.

Achievement in IAL Spanish is benchmarked against the advanced level General Certificate of Education (GCE) and the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at level B2.

IAL Spanish Unit overview

External assessment available in

January and June

Unit 1. Spoken Expression and Response

Response and discussion in relation to GTAs

  • Youth Matters
  • Lifestyle, health and fitness
  • Environment and travel
  • Education and employment

(30% of IAS; 40 marks; 8-10 minute assessment in two sections with 15 minutes preparation time)

  • First assessment June 2017
  • First IAS award June 2017

Unit 2. Understanding and Written Response

Comprehension and essay writing in relation to GTAs

  • Youth Matters
  • Lifestyle, health and fitness
  • Environment and travel
  • Education and employment

(70% of IAS; 90 marks; 2h 30m)

  • First Assessment June 2017
  • First IAS award June 2017

Unit 3. Understanding and Spoken Response

Advanced level understanding as well as speaking skills where students present and take a clear stance on any issue of their choice

  • Debate
  • Discussion

(30% of IA2; 40 marks; 11-13 minutes)

  • First assessment January 2018
  • First IAL award June 2018

Unit 4. Research, Understanding and Written Response

Convey comprehension of target language texts and recordings in relation to GTAs

  • Youth Matters
  • Lifestyle, health and fitness
  • Environment and travel
  • Education and employment
  • Technology in the TL-speaking world
  • Society in the TL-speaking world
  • Ethics in the TL-speaking world
  • Plus an essay based on one research topic from:
  • History
  • Geography
  • Texts
  • Films

(70% of IA2; 90 marks; 2h 30)

  • First assessment June 2018
  • First IAL award June 2018

This specification is available for teaching in international centres only, and is assessed through a written exam instead of coursework.

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