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A Level Spanish at The John of Gaunt School

Course description

You will learn how to extend your language to a more sophisticated level and take those extra steps towards fluency. By the end of the course you should have a greater understanding of the history, culture, geography and current affairs of Spanish-speaking countries, as well as greater competence and confidence in the language.

Course content

Unit 1 and 2

General topics to be covered over the AS course include:


  • Media (TV, advertising, communication technology)
  • Popular Culture (cinema, music, fashion)
  • Healthy Living (sport, health, holidays)
  • Family and Relationships (relationships within the family, friendships, marriage and partnerships)

Alongside the topics grammar will be taught and reinforced.

Unit 3 and 4

General topics to be covered over the A2 course include:


  • Environment (pollution, energy, protecting the planet)
  • The multicultural society (immigration, integration, racism)
  • Contemporary social issues (wealth and poverty, law and order, science and technology)
  • Cultural topics (e.g. cinema, literature, study of a region).

Alongside the topics grammar will be taught and reinforced.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 A*-C GCSEs to enter the Sixth Form and at least a B grade in Spanish GCSE to be able to cope with the demands of the AS and A2 course.


AS Level and A Level – AQA

You will be assessed in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) via terminal examinations in the summer of your AS year and again in the summer of your A2 year.

Further information

An A Level in Spanish will enable you to study a whole variety of degree subjects at university, ranging from a traditional Spanish language course that may include elements such as Linguistics, European Studies, Politics, Economics, Literature or Translating, through to vocational courses such as Engineering with Spanish or Law with Spanish.

You could also choose to embark on a course in which you study a new language from scratch, such as Chinese or Swedish, or move away from Modern Languages into the study of Classics (Latin and Greek).

Outside academia, employees with the ability to communicate in another language are in high demand, in any number of industries. By offering A Level in a language you are opening many professional opportunities for yourself in terms of career progression, travel and variety.

The world really is your oyster!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The John of Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

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