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A level: Spanish

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 60187323
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Many students find that continuing their Spanish studies complements other subjects such as politics, history, media, and English literature. It will enable you to use your skills and qualifications to access career opportunities both at home and abroad. If you are keen to travel either for work or pleasure, then studying A Level Spanish will assist you.

This course is for all students who have enjoyed their language studies to date and who have obtained a Spanish Grade 6 or above or who are native Spanish speakers looking for a challenging, academic subject to study which will prove to be a lifelong skill and which will enhance their employability in the future.


This recently redesigned course will encourage you to:

  • Develop the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE level and therefore use Spanish in a wide range of contexts 
  • Gain a useful insight into another culture and reflect on various aspects of contemporary society
  • Enhance your employment prospects, facilitate foreign travel and experience the enjoyment and motivation of improving your linguistic level

Spanish A-level course outline:

Social issues and trends, political and artistic culture, literary texts, films and grammar

How will it be delivered?

The A-level specification has 3 units:

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing – 2 hours 30 minutes 

Weighting: 50% of A level – 100 marks

Listen and respond to spoken passages from a range of contexts.

Read and respond to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources.

Translation from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish.

Paper 2: Writing – 2 hours 

Weighting: 20% of A level – 80 marks

You will be expected to answer questions in Spanish on one text and one film from the list set in the specification.

Paper 3: Speaking - 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) 

60 marks in total

30% of A-level

Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes).

Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 pathways five passes (9-4) or more at GCSE are required, including at least Grade 4 in Maths and/ or English Language. Grade 6 required in GCSE Spanish

Your next steps...

This course provides an excellent progression route into Higher Education and many students use language skills in disciplines such as business, medicine, law, tourism, in fact, linguists are valued in every field!


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