This A Level is included in the following pathways as a Recommended Additional Subject: Business and Entrepreneurship; English and Communications; Environment, Geography and Earth Science; Financial Academy; Humanities; Law and Legal; Medical Health. However, you can take Spanish with any A Level/equivalent combination, there is plenty of choice and flexibility.
In this A Level course you will build on the skills you have acquired at GCSE and learn to express yourself more fluently and confidently. You will be encouraged to develop your ideas and opinions on relevant and interesting topics. We will focus on practising listening, speaking and reading skills and improve your translation skills. You must be motivated to learn vocabulary and to do most of your written work in your own time.
Topics in Year One include: Social issues and trends; Artistic culture; Grammar; Literary text. Topics in Year Two include: Multiculturalism in historic society; Aspects of political life in the Spanish world; a literary text.
You will study the course for 4.5 hours a week in the first year and 5 hours a week in the second year. You should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (in February/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
Five GCSE grades at 4/C or above including English Language and a grade 5/C in Spanish.
Future career and study opportunities
Studying a language at a higher level can develop your confidence and communication skills. If you want to go to university, you can study Spanish by itself, or as part of a course, for example, with Accounting, Business, Engineering or Law. Many universities encourage students to spend a year abroad and many employers value people with experience of other languages and cultures.
Work experience/Careers Extra
This course does not contain a specific work experience component but many of the skills you will learn are essential to employability. If needed, our Employability Team can help you find local work placements that will support the course.
You will be expected to bring your own memory stick and to buy a copy of the literary text. We will also recommend a course book.