Exam Board: AQA    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at Grades 9-4 at Grades 9-4 and GCSE Spanish at Grade 6

Reasons to study Spanish A Level

Step into the fascinating Hispanic world and explore its art, music, society, current affairs, politics, history, cinema and literature – all whilst developing your language skills across reading, writing, speaking and listening.

The ability to communicate in other languages is a great asset for work, study and leisure. Studying Spanish will give you a profound understanding of the Spanish language. Not only will you know more about the mechanics of the language – like grammar and vocabulary – but also about how people live and use the language on a day-today basis.

A Level Spanish helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in Spanish and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context.

Course Outline

Students start the course on topics which are familiar to them from the GCSE course and develop quickly their ability to speak, understand and write the foreign language using material from modern textbooks and authentic sources such as newspapers, websites, magazines, radio and television programmes, films and plays.

The syllabus over the two-year course is as follows:
Aspects of Hispanic Society. This involves the study of modern and traditional values, cyberspace and equal rights.

Multiculturalism in Hispanic society. Here students will study the issues of immigration, racism and integration.

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world. This is a very wide-ranging topic which includes: modern day idols, Spanish regional identity, cultural heritage or cultural landscape.

Aspects of political life: today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens, political systems throughout the Spanish speaking world and popular political movements.

We also study a Spanish film and a Spanish piece of literature – both of which have proved very popular with students in the past.

Assessment Outline

Unit 1 Listening, reading and writing:
Listening assessment
Reading assessment
Translation into English:
a passage of minimum 100 words
Translation into Spanish:
a passage of minimum 100 words

Unit 2 Writing:
The assessment involves either one question in Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in Spanish on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in Spanish on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.

Unit 3 Speaking:
Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5-6 minutes). The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test.
Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9-10 minutes) of individual research project.

Progression Routes and Career Paths

  • Translator
  • Language Teacher
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Business Consultant
  • Linguist
  • Diplomat
  • Localization Specialist
  • Events Coordinator
  • International Aid Worker
  • Immigration Officer
  • Flight Attendant
  • Hotel Manager
  • Travel Representative
  • Research Analyst

The Romero’s Spanish Department

Small groups to facilitate deeper learning

Engaging topics covering all aspects of Spanish society, culture and lifestyle.

Appreciation of Spanish film and literature.

Interactive online resources.

One-to-one speaking sessions.

Enrichment trips to Spain to immerse students in Spanish culture.

Further Information

For more information or if you have any questions about the A Level Spanish course please contact:

Mrs K Weager – Subject Leader for MFL [email protected]

Mrs R Rodriguez-Garcia – Lead Teacher for Key Stage 5 Spanish [email protected]