Spanish A Level

Course Overview

Learning a language is an amazing experience, particularly if you enjoy finding out how languages work, discovering patterns, losing yourself in books and films, learning about new cultures and travelling. As a Spanish A Level student, you will learn the intricacies of the Spanish grammar, giving you a deeper insight in the inner workings of the English language and making you a better communicator.


Over the two years of study you will focus on four key objectives: the understanding and appropriate reaction to spoken and written language, expressing complex ideas, and the ability to analyse, evaluate and criticise original texts. 

You will develop your listening and reading skills learning to translate complex texts accurately both from Spanish into English and from English into Spanish. In the course, you will have the opportunity to read Spanish newspapers and magazines, as well as watching media and hearing podcasts. You will study a novel, currently Como Agua Para Chocolate, and a film, currently Volver, in the original, which will evolve your analytical skills as well your capacity to write in Spanish.  Finally, you will have the opportunity to conduct and present a research project on a topic of your choosing, which you will then discuss with an examiner in depth, allowing your speaking skills to flourish. 

Being able to interact with people in their own language will open doors to a wondrous world of possibilities. With over 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide, the importance of Spanish as a world language continues to grow.

Year 1 Modules

  • Traditional and Modern Values
  • Cyberspace
  • Gender Equality
  • The Influence of Pop Culture Idols
  • Regional Identity in Spain
  • Cultural Heritage
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Year 2 Modules

  • Immigration
  • Racism
  • Living Together
  • Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Citizens
  • Monarchies & Dictatorships
  • Popular Movements

Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs at Grade 5 including GCSE English Language
  • Grade 6 in GCSE Spanish

Assessment

  • 100% Exam
  • Exam Board: AQA

Exam Results 2022: 58% A* - B
 

29

Total students

14

Average class size

 

 

 

 

 

Why choose this course? 

You will enjoy this course if you enjoy finding out how languages work, discovering patterns, losing yourself in books and films, learning about new cultures and travelling.

We use a great number of original resources – you will study a novel such as Como Agua Para Chocolate as well as a film such as Volver.

The course is very diverse and is tailored to suit the individual; in addition, you will have the opportunity of researching a topic of your choice. We run a number of extra support sessions ensuring additional help is readily available for all students.

Skills you'll gain

The course will help you develop a wide range of skills. In addition to being able to understand and interpret both the written and the spoken language, you will develop your analytical skills, as well as research, communication and critical skills.

Being able to access information in a variety of formats from original sources is an invaluable asset. Being able to interact with people in their own language will open you the doors to wondrous world of possibilities.

After Long Road

With over 400 million Spanish speakers world-wide, the importance of Spanish continues to grow enormously in British Universities, as the importance of Spanish as a world language is more and more appreciated, and the interest in the diversity of the cultures of Hispanic origin increases.

As well as studying Spanish on its own, you can study Spanish with either another language or with a variety of subjects, including Law, Economics, Business, History and many others. Recent students have gone on to study Finance at the University of Loughborough and Marketing at Kent University.

Being able to speak Spanish is a skill highly valued by employers in a variety of industries as well as in Education.

 Our lessons were conducted in Spanish, which at first terrified me, but made me grow immensely in confidence by the end of the academic year.  Not only we learnt about the Spanish language, but also about the culture, which helped me understand the language and its speakers better.  With all the progress I made, I felt confident enough to go on holiday and speak to locals, and to continue studying Spanish at university.  In my current job in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, I am able to use Spanish to converse and assist others in need of help.  I now hope to go into the field of Diplomacy and Development.