This A Level builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It promotes a range of valuable transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity. The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or further study, including a modern languages degree.

The focus is on how Spanish-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally and how it continues to change. Students will study aspects of the social context, together with aspects of the artistic life of Spanish-speaking countries. Students also study aspects of the social background focusing on matters associated with multiculturalism. Aspects of the political landscape including the future of political life in the Hispanic world by focusing on young people and their political engagement are also studied.

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where Spanish is spoken, and their language skills. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in Spanish. The choice of works (literary texts and films) offers opportunities to link with the themes studied.

Here are just a few of the reasons for studying Spanish to A Level:

Spanish is a desirable support to all other areas of study. Increasingly, job opportunities are enhanced if you can show the ability to learn a foreign language to an advanced level. Many universities offer double honours degree which include Spanish (e.g. Law and Spanish, Business and Spanish). Some universities offer modules of Spanish alongside the main subject e.g. English with Spanish, Biology with Spanish. Some offer placements in Spain as part of the course.

This qualification is linear, which means that students will sit all of their exams at the end of the 2 year course.


Paper 1—Listening, reading and writing—2 ½ hours—50% of A Level

No access to a dictionary during the assessment.

The paper is split into 3 areas:

Paper 2—Writing—2 hours—20% of A Level

No access to a dictionary during the assessment.

No access to texts or films during the assessment.

There will be two essays to write on set questions based on a book or:

Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.

Paper 3—Speaking—21 to 23 minutes—30% of A Level

No access to a dictionary during the assessment (including 5 minutes preparation). Students may take the assessment only once before certification.

Oral exam: 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)