Why study A level Spanish?

Spanish is the study of the language, history and culture of the Hispanic world, encompassing Spain and Latin America. Whilst appearing challenging at first, the Spanish language is built following a pattern of grammar rules.  We aim to help you learn these rules, in order for you to be able to communicate confidently and effectively in Spanish, whilst understanding how Spanish fits into an increasingly global economy.  If you enjoy communicating with different people and learning about the varied history and culture of different countries, then Spanish is the subject for you.  If you are able to spot patterns in language and apply them, then you are a natural linguist.

What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for?

The A-level course should increase your passion for Spanish and lay the groundwork for further study in courses such as Spanish or other languages.  It is also essential for a wide variety of careers, in such areas such as business, economics, politics, education and science.  65% of UK employers (CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2014) state that language skills are needed in their workplace, with Spanish being the third most desired language.  Other professional careers also welcome a Spanish qualification, as it shows an ability to communicate effectively with other people, empathise with different people and cultures and show an interest in the wider global community.  In a climate where language skills are in demand, but few people study them, a language qualification will set any candidate apart from the rest of the field.  A-Level Spanish students are in demand because they have a range of soft skills which can be transferred to other areas.

Key Information Summary:

Course TitleSpanish
Examination BoardAQA
Linear Qualification?Yes
Course Webpage level/spanish-7692
Entry RequirementsGrade 5 in GCSE Spanish and grade 5 in English language.
Contact Teachers

Mrs W Stoner:

Mr P Calvo-Garcia:

Course Details:

The AQA specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills you will have acquired whilst studying GCSE Spanish. It includes a range of topics related to the Spanish speaking world, including social issues and trends, political and artistic culture and grammar.  It provides a balanced, well-rounded study of Spanish, in which language and grammar are developed, revisited and reinforced throughout the course through the cultural elements.  The subject content is relevant to the modern day Spanish speaking world and interesting to learn.  There are many opportunities to develop practical communication skills which will benefit you throughout your future career.

AQA Spanish is a linear course with terminal examinations at the end of the A-Level year.


Subject Content:

Spanish is taught through 5 main topic areas:

Social issues and trends
Aspects of Hispanic society:

  • Modern and traditional values
  • Cyberspace
  • Equal rights

Multiculturalism in Hispanic society:

  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism

Political and Artistic Culture
Artistic culture in the Hispanic world:

  • Modern day idols
  • Spanish regional identity
  • Cultural heritage

Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world:

  • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
  • Monarchies and dictatorships
  • Popular movements

Nouns, articles, numerals, adverbs, quantifiers/intensifiers, pronouns,  prepositions, negation, questions, commands, word order, discourse markers, fillers, adjectives, verbs, conjunctions, other constructions.

Students will study one text and one film from a prescribed list. Next year’s film and text are likely to be:
Ocho apellidos vascos (2014) by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro
Como agua para chocolate by Laura Esquival

Individual Research Project
Students study a question or topic which is of interest to them related to the Hispanic world.
Subjects studied at AS Level only are shown in italics.


Assessment details:

A Level – 2 Year Course
Paper 1 (50% of AS level)
2 hour 30 minutes paper, 100 marks
Aspects of Hispanic society
Artistic culture in the Hispanic world Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
Aspects of political life in Hispanic society GrammarListening and responding to texts in Spanish (30 marks)
Reading and responding to texts in Spanish (50 marks)
Translation into English- 100 words (10 marks)
Translation into Spanish- 100 words (10 marks)

Paper 2 (20% of A-level)
2 hour paper, 80 marks

Question on the set film
Question on the set book

Paper 3 (30% of A-level)
21-23 minutes, 60 marks.

Discussion of 2 sub-themes based on a stimulus card
(25 marks)

Presentation and discussion of individual research project
(35 marks)