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What is Spanish?

Spanish is the third most widely spoken language, and the countries in which it is spoken include an incredible variety of cultures. Studying A Level Spanish provides a fantastic opportunity to improve your linguistic skills and learn about Spain and Latin America. It is ideal for students who have a passion for languages or who want to enrich their main area of study with a second language.

During the AS and A Level courses in Spanish, you will explore social issues and trends as well as political and intellectual life in the Spanish-speaking countries. All our courses in Spanish are taught in the target language by experienced native teachers who are passionate about their subject and promote full immersion, allowing students to quickly develop their communication skills.

How is it studied?

Throughout their studies, students will learn the language in the context of Hispanic countries, and focus on the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study technological and social change, looking at the multicultural nature of Hispanic society, and learning about the diverse political landscape of the Hispanic world. They will study highlights of Hispanic artistic culture, including a focus on Spanish regional identity and the cultural heritage of past civilisations. To succeed in their exams, students will need to be exposed to the language at all times, and to engage in a wide variety of activities aimed at the development of skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

New students in Spanish will follow the new AQA A Level curriculum. In the new specification, AS students must study one text or film, and A Level students must study either one text and one film, or two texts. There are a variety of contemporary and classical Spanish titles on offer, including authors such as Lorca, Márquez and Allende, and directors such Almodóvar and del Toro.

How is A Level Spanish assessed?

A Level

Paper Modules Weighting Format
1 Listening, reading and writing 50% Written exam: 2.5 hours
2 Writing 20% Written exam: 2 hours
3 Speaking 30% Oral exam: 5 minutes prep, plus 16-18 minute exam

 

AS

Paper Modules Weighting Format
1 Listening, reading and writing 45% Written exam: 1.5 hours
2 Writing 25% Written exam: 1.5 hours
3 Speaking 30% Oral exam: 15 minutes prep, plus 12-14 minute exam

Exam Board: AQA

What do I need to study it?

You will need a good grade in GCSE Spanish or previous knowledge of the language. A passion for communication and an openness to Hispanic culture is essential. You will need to think systematically to acquire grammar and vocabulary to a high standard. We have experience in working with a variety of students and we are committed to supporting every individual student acquire the necessary skills.

What should I study with Spanish?

Spanish combines well with other languages, as well as Art and Film Studies.

It also complements a variety of other subjects such as Business and Economics. It will prove an excellent choice for students who are considering careers in management or administration.

What can I do with A Level Spanish?

Spanish can be studied jointly with many other subjects, and such courses often offer the opportunity of a year abroad to develop linguistic skills either in Spain or in Latin America. Students will find that career prospects are enhanced by the possession of one or more foreign languages.

Questions about the course

Can I study an A Level in Spanish in one year?

It is possible to study A Level Spanish in one year, but you should be aware that will be very challenging and you will require an advanced level of Spanish.

Do I need a GCSE in Spanish?

This is not a requirement, but you will need to have at least an Intermediate level of Spanish.