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Spanish - A Level at Heckmondwike Grammar School

Course description

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Course content


Theme 1

Aspects of Hispanic Society

Traditional and modern values


Equal rights

Theme 2 

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

The influence of idols

Regional identity in Spain

Cultural heritage

Grammar, Literature or Film study

Essay writing

Research-based topic presentation


Theme 3

•    Multiculturalism in Hispanic Society
•    Immigration
•    Racism
•    Coexistence and integration.

Theme 4

•    Aspects of political life in the Hispanic World 
•    Young people of today, citizens of tomorrow
•    Monarchies and dictatorships
•    Social movements
•    Further study of Themes 1 and 2.Grammar
•    Study of Literary Text
•    Essay Writing
•    Research-based Topic Presentation


Entry requirements

Minimum requirements for admission to the Sixth Form:

A grade 5 in Mathematics, with a 6 preferred.
A grade 5 in English Language or English Literature, with a 6 preferred.
Achieving at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 6 or above.

Subject specific requirement:

  • Grade 6 in Spanish



Paper 1 

Written Exam: 2hr 30min 100 marks. 
Listening, reading, writing
Translation into English and the target language.
(50% of total A level)

Paper 2 

Written Exam: 2hr 80 marks. 
Essay and grammar.
Questions on set text and film.
(20% of total A level)

Paper 3

Spoken Exam: 21-23min 60 marks
Discussion of a sub-theme, based on a stimulus card.
Presentation and discussion of an individual research project.
(30% of total A level)

Future opportunities

Career Opportunities

Opportunities in industry, commerce, banking, the Diplomatic Service, teaching, journalism, interpreting and translating, linguist, travel and tourism. These are the areas in which your career might be shaped - an A-level in Spanish will give you a distinct advantage.

Further information

Special Features

To assist in the development of the spoken language we conduct lessons almost exclusively in Spanish and encourage students to get involved with language clubs and lesson support in the lower school.

During year 12 we encourage students to do a work experience placement in either Spain or a Spainish-speaking country.

Exam Board: AQA

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: 08 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 weeks

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