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Course name :Spanish
Course level:  Advanced Higher
The Course offers learners the opportunity to develop language skills in the meaningful real-life contexts of society, learning, employability, and culture.
The course provides learners with the opportunity to:

  • develop skills in reading, listening, talking and writing, which are essential for learning, work and life
  • develop an understanding of how language works
  • use different media effectively for learning and communication
  • use language to communicate ideas and information.
  • use creative and critical thinking to formulate ideas and arguments
  • enhance their enjoyment and understanding of their own and other cultures

The course consists of three units:
Units 1 & 2: Language : Understanding and using Language
The language unit is designed to develop the learner’s language skills within three broad themes – topical issues, personal and social issues, and environmental issues.  As the learner begins to consider current affairs from the viewpoint of those living in the country of the target language, there will be greater opportunity for him/her to compare and contrast relevant issues in the foreign country and in Britain, and to formulate and express opinions on them.  The four contexts covered during the course are: society, learning, employability and culture.

Unit 3: Specialist Study Unit
This unit offers students the opportunity to develop analytical and evaluative skills through the study of literacy or media texts, or through the study of a thematic aspect of the country/countries of the modern language.
Please also see a member of staff if you are interested in doing the Modern Languages Bacalaureat.  This consists of a combination of one Higher and two Advanced Highers in a language or English plus an inter-disciplinary project.  The project can also be done as a stand-alone unit if you do not have the right combination of subjects.

Entry requirements:

It is recommended that for Advanced Higher, pupils will have achieved a Higher A or B in the chosen language.

Homework is an essential part of teaching and learning and helps to establish a routine of high expectations and achievement. Its purpose is to promote the learning of the relevant material and to consolidate previous learning. Homework will challenge all pupils and provide them with opportunities for personal achievement. Homework is issued regularly and is designed to develop the skills necessary to pass the course.  These include the writing of a detailed, analytical essay in English and in the target language, preparation of current speaking topics and further enhancing performance and competence in writing, listening, reading and translation.


Study of French, Spanish or German at University.
Improved chances of gaining access to a scholarship at a University in another country.

Useful websites:

We recommend the following websites in particular: (username and password provided by the department) (username and password provided by the department)                         


Internal Assessment: Understanding and using Language
The learner must pass one assessment in each of the skills of Reading, Listening and Talking for the Language Unit.  The learner must also pass an assessment in writing for the Extended Reading and Viewing Unit.

External Assessment:
The learner must compile a portfolio in English which is sent to the SQA in March. 
There is a final exam in Reading, Writing and Listening.  The Speaking component will be carried out and assessed by a visiting examiner, usually in February/March.
Component 1: question paper: 120 marks-Reading, Translating, Listening, Writing
Component 2: performance:    50 marks-talking
Component 3: portfolio:          30 marks-English folio essay completed over the year