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Spanish A Level (AQA) at Crawshaw Academy

Course description

Course Description

A level Spanish is designed to build on the skills developed at GCSE. Students cover four topic areas through the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking with a focus on authentic materials from the target language country. Students will be expected to complete translation exercises as part of the course. 

Course content

Course Content

Unit 1: SPAN1

Students will study four topic areas and will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of these topics in the final exams. The areas include healthy lifestyles, media, popular culture and family/ relationships.

Unit 2: SPAN2/V

Students will practise speaking examinations through regular exercises within lessons and trial exams. The speaking element of the course will focus on the four topic areas as outlined above. Tasks will include discussion of a stimulus card in Spanish and a general conversation which is centred on 3 of the 4 topic areas.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrants to the course must have achieved at least 5 x 9-4 at GCSE, including grade 6+ in GCSE Spanish and English Language.



Students sit two examinations at the end of the course.

Unit 1 is tested in a 2 hour examination, which includes listening, reading and writing. The writing part of the examination is an essay on 3 of the 4 areas topic and must contain at least 200 words. This examinations worth 70% of the final grade and students are not permitted to use a dictionary at any point in the exam.

Unit 2 is tested in a 15 minutes spoken examination. Students have access to 20 minutes supervised preparation time (without a dictionary). The first part of the exam will be a response to a stimulus card and this part of the exam will last 5 minutes. The following 10 minutes will involve a general discussion on 3 of the 4 topic areas in Spanish. 

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Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

Students can go on to study a wide variety of courses with an A Level qualification in Spanish. Students can of course progress and have the possibility to travel and work in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries in the American subcontinent. In addition, even as a  standalone qualification, an A level in a language is seen by many employers and higher education institutions as a gold standard and is what is known as a 'facilitating subject.'

Further information

Further Information

For further information on this course, speak with a member of the MFL Department or check the A level  specification on the AQA website:

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: 06 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years