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Spanish A Level at Hayesfield Girls' School and Mixed Sixth Form

Course description

Why study this subject at Hayesfield?

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world and it is becoming the second language of choice for English speakers.

Having a second language considerably enhances your employability chances. It shows employers that you have gained valuable communication and people skills, as well as intercultural understanding.

Universities like to see applications from students with a second language. Spanish can be combined with most other subjects at university and the bonus is you get to spend a year abroad as part of your course.

Studying Spanish at Hayesfield will give you the opportunity to appreciate the diverse culture of Spain on an intensive Spanish course in Málaga.

Course content

La evolución de la sociedad española: changes in family structure, education, world of work, affect of tourism on Spain.

La cultura política y artística en el mundo habla española: music, media, festival and traditions.

La inmigración y la sociedad multicultural española: integration, multiculturalism, influence of immigration from North Africa and Latin America.

La dictadura franquista y la transición a la democracia: the rise of Franco and the Spanish Civil War, impact of dictatorship.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 in Spanish or language competence at a similar level. 


Paper 1 - Listening, reading and translation - 40%.

Paper 2 - Written response to works and translation - 30%.                                                This paper draws on either two works of Spanish/ Latin literature or one work of literature and one film.

Paper 3 - Speaking (internally conducted) - 30%.

Future opportunities

International trade, tourism, education, working for the EU, travel, the Civil Service, MI5 and MI6, the fashion industry, the Diplomatic Service.

Further information

This subject works well with

Anything! Languages can be studied alongside any other subject. Learning languages helps to increase employment and travel opportunities.

Extra/Super curricular activities

The World Languages Faculty runs trips and exchanges for Sixth Form students to France, Germany and Spain. There is also local university input, in the form of seminars and study visits.

We offer the opportunity to complete work experience abroad, which looks very good on university applications. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hayesfield Girls' School and Mixed Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

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