Entry requirementsA minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including GCSE English Language (grade 4). GCSE grade B or above in Spanish is required.
An A Level qualification in Spanish is a valuable part of any subject combination. You can develop your linguistic skills to a high level and build up an awareness of a range of topical issues.
DurationThe AS course lasts a year. The full A Level lasts two years. Students will attend 4.5 hours of lessons a week and an extra 30 minutes in groups of 2/3 with a foreign language assistant.
What will I study?
Year 1:Aspects of Hispanic society
• Modern and traditional values
• Equal rights
Artistic Culture in the Hispanic world
• Modern day idols
• Spanish regional identity
• Cultural heritage or cultural landscape
Students will also study a Spanish language film in the first year.
Year 2:Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
• Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
• Monarchies, republics and dictatorships
• Popular movements.
Students will also study a Spanish language film and literary work in the second year. You will have a lesson with the Spanish assistant each week, and you will be encouraged to spend some time in a Spanish-speaking country during the course.
How will I be assessed?
Year 1 examsPaper 1: listening, reading, writing – 40% of Year 1
Paper 2: writing – 30% of Year 1
Paper 3: speaking – 30% of Year 1
Year 2 examsPaper 1: listening, reading, writing – 40% of Year 2
Paper 2: writing – 30% of Year 2
Paper 3: speaking – 30% of Year 2
Good course combinationsStudents can combine Spanish successfully with the full range of A Levels.
What could it lead to?Many students go on to a language related degree course. There are many degree courses offering courses including language study. Possible careers include teaching, translation, journalism, publishing, and work in the tourism or financial sectors.
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Previously of The Mount School
A Level Spanish
“I took Spanish because I really enjoy learning languages and I think the ability to speak two languages is extremely useful. I’ve really enjoyed my AS year and am looking forward to studying A2. My favourite part of the course has been the speaking as it has allowed me to express my opinions and will be a useful skill if I visit Spanish speaking countries. I find my lessons fast paced and the teachers are incredibly focused and enthusiastic about their subject."