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Why study Spanish?

With over 400 million speakers, Spanish is undoubtedly one of the most important world languages.
From Pablo Picasso to Lionel Messi, Spanish speakers have made their mark on the world; the A
Level course seeks to equip students with the linguistic skills to experience the cultures that have
given the world Don Quijote, the Tango and ‘El Clásico’ whilst developing their understanding of
contemporary social issues affecting Spanish-speaking communities.


Extra-curricular aspects of the course

It is hoped that students would visit a Spanish-speaking country during the course to build both
linguistic and cultural knowledge. In addition, we would expect students to watch Spanish language
films, watch television and read as much as possible in Spanish. We also recommend that students
attend the annual Viva Spanish and Latin American film festival in Manchester as well as visit the
Instituto Cervantes to broaden their knowledge of Spanish culture.

Entry Requirements

Spanish GCSE Grade 6 or above is required for students considering studying A Level.

Higher Education and Careers

The ever-increasing importance of Modern Languages cannot be stressed enough and this is
reflected in many courses offered at universities; it is possible to take a Modern Language with almost any other subject. Degree courses in Spanish and Business Studies, Law and Management in
particular are becoming increasingly popular and provide a valuable qualification. Due to globalisation there is a greater need for modern linguists in industry and commerce, both in this country and abroad, in addition to job opportunities in the more traditional areas of teaching (including primary schools) and the civil service.

Equipment required for the course

A4 binders, pens, paper, highlighters. We also recommend students purchase ‘Palabra por Palabra’
(available on Amazon) and have a Spanish dictionary.



Film: El Laberinto del Fauno
Literary text: La Casa de Bernarda Alba

A Level Examination  

Paper 1: Listening, Reading & Writing
What is assessed:

  • Aspects of Hispanic society

  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society

  • Aspects of political life in Hispanic society

2 hours 30 minutes
100 marks
50% of A Level

Paper 2: Writing
What is assessed: One film and one text

2 hours
80 marks
20% of A Level

Paper 3: Speaking
What is assessed:
Individual research project
One sub-theme from the four themes studied

21-23 minutes
60 marks
30% of A Level

For more information on this course please contact

 Mr M Ladyman