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A Level |AQA

A level Spanish gives the possibility to discovering and understand a different culture and way of thinking, the knowledge that we gain will allow me to travel the world and experience things that I would have otherwise not experienced.”  Josh, Year 12 student

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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 globalization 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.

“A level Spanish has opened my eyes to see all the opportunities that a foreign language can offer socially, academically and the many doors in can open for careers in the future.” Orlagh, Year 13 student

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

“The classes are challenging but fun with a wide range of activities and topics studied, the hard work is really worth it to learn a foreign language.” Caitlin, Year 13 student

For more information on this course please contact

 Mr M Ladyman