If you dream of speaking a foreign language confidently, and perhaps even working abroad, studying Spanish will bring this ambition within your grasp and it will equip you with a variety of unique skills invaluable for your future.

You will become a more knowledgeable and informed person, with debates and discussions in the classroom giving you a broad perspective on a wide range of issues and topics. You will also develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries where Spanish is spoken.

Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 5 or above in both English Language and Mathematics and Grade 5 (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications. Spanish GCSE at Grade 5 or above is also required, this must be from the higher tier exam. Other related GCSE/Level 2 subjects may be considered. Guidance on acceptable related subjects can be provided by the Sixth Form Leadership Team.

Course Overview

On This Course You Will Study

The course covers a broad range of interesting topics which are relevant to the world that we live in and will require you to think about topical issues on a more international level. For example, you will study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. Furthermore, you will learn about highlights of Hispanic artistic culture, including a focus on Spanish regional identity and the cultural heritage of past civilisations. You will have the opportunity to explore the influence of the past on present-day Spanish-speaking communities.

Throughout your studies, you will learn new language and grammar in the context of Spanish-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. You will also have the opportunity to study Spanish literature or cinema. In Year 13, you will carry out more detailed independent research in an area of Hispanic culture that you find particularly interesting.

The course is assessed through three final exams at the end of the course
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing 50% of A Level (2.5 hours)
Paper 2: Writing 20% of A Level (2 hours)
Paper 3: Speaking 30% of A Level (21-25 minutes

Progression & Careers

  • Translating and Interpreting;
  • The Diplomatic Services;
  • Business;
  • Tourism;
  • Teaching;
  • Marketing;
  • Journalism;
  • Media;
  • Sport;
  • Fashion;
  • Engineering;
  • Aid and Development work and many more.

Where can I find out more?

Point of contact:

Hannah Brown

Team Leader of Modern Languages & Raising Achievement Leader - Disadvantaged Students

Contact Hannah Brown who looks after this Spanish course on:

Spanish Language