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A-Levels - A Level Spanish at Wakefield College

Course description

Spanish is the most widely spoken language in the world, except for Chinese, and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. An A Level in Spanish opens up all sorts of opportunities to live and work abroad in places as far as Central and South America.

This course will build on your GCSE Spanish to develop your skills of reading, writing and speaking Spanish while you learn about the lifestyle and culture of Spain and Spanish speaking countries. You will develop your linguistic skills by studying a range of topics including aspects of social issues and trends of the Hispanic society and political and artistic culture. You will also conduct an individual research on a subject of personal interest and you will study one book and one film in Spanish.

If you love the Spanish language and way of life you will love this course!

Course content

What you will study

A-level Spanish helps you develop confident, effective communication skills in Spanish and gives you a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. It develops an interest in and enthusiasm for language learning and helps you to consider study of the language in a broader context.

You will develop your linguistic skills by studying a range of topics including aspects of social issues and trends of the Hispanic society and political and artistic culture. You will also conduct an individual research on a subject of personal interest and you will study one book and one film in Spanish.

One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification

Aspects of Hispanic society
Artistic culture in the Hispanic world, Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
Aspects of political life in Hispanic society


How you will learn

You will learn from a wide range of teaching and learning methods and a vast array of stimulating materials including access to Spanish magazines and newspapers, radio, television and film. There will be lectures, group work, discussions, independent study, presentations and regular opportunities to practise your speaking. Homework will be set every week to allow you to practise and consolidate your skills.

Your Course Structure

The full A level is a two year course with all the assessments at the end of the second year.

Core content:
1. Social issues and trends
2. Political and artistic culture
3. Grammar
4. Works: Literary texts and films


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade 9-4, including a 5 English Language and 4 in Maths.
Recommended grade of grade 6 in English with good essay writing skills.

UCAS Tariff: Full A Level UCAS POINTS 0-56



You will be examined in Listening, Reading and Writing through written examinations and your verbal communication will be assessed in a Speaking test.
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing.
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes long worth 100 marks and 50% of A-level. All questions are in Spanish, to be answered with non-verbal responses in Spanish.

Paper 2: Writing
A written exam: 2 hours long and worth 80 marks in total which is 20% of A-level.

Paper 3: Speaking
This is an oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time). It is worth 60 marks in total which is 30% of A-level.

Individual research project
One of four themes (ie Aspects of Hispanic society or Artistic culture in the Hispanic world or Multiculturalism in Hispanic society or Aspects of political life in Hispanic society)

How is this assessed?
Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes). The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test (25 marks).

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

Future opportunities

Further study

Most students progress to university to study a Higher Degree which could be Spanish or one of your other subjects. Many students choose to study a combined degree of Spanish with another subject such as Maths, Physics, Business or European Management to name a few. Spanish is regarded as a 'facilitating subject' which will increase your chances of progression to a Russell Group University.

Career opportunities

This course is ideal if you wish to continue studying Spanish at a Higher level and is also a very useful qualification to have as an addition to your main subject. 
This can lead to employment abroad in a wide variety of fields including Business, Government, Travel and Tourism or perhaps as an interpreter of course!

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 July 2018
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