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A Level Spanish at John Smeaton Academy

Course description

Studying Spanish helps to develop a number of skills:

· a lasting appreciation of language and learning

· the ability to comprehend Spanish in a wide range of contexts

· the ability to communicate readily in Spanish for a variety of purposes

· a useful knowledge of, and insights into, past and contemporary Spanish speaking culture the ability to express yourself confidently.


Course content

AS Level Programme of Study (Modules):During the AS year you will study the following topics;

Traditional and Modern Values, Cyberspace,

Equality of the Sexes, The Influence of Idols,  Regional Identity in Spain, Cultural Patriotism.


A2 Level Programme of Study (Modules):

During the A2 year you will study the following topics;

Immigration, Racism, Integration, Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Citizens, Monarchies and Dictatorships,  Popular Movements.


In addition you will study 2 cultural topics. These include films, books, plays and history of Spanish speaking countries.

Future opportunities

Spanish is a facilitating A Level that top universities look at with great respect.

An A level in Spanish will enable you to develop valuable skills for foreign travel, higher education and employment. A number of British companies now have links with companies from Spanish speaking companies and actively seek young people who have language skills to offer.

Positions currently held by language graduates include social media co-ordinators, international aid workers, politicians, translators and interpreters.

An A level in Spanish will allow students to continue their study of languages at university level. University language studies guarantees a year studying or working in a foreign country – an invaluable experience to young people.


Further information

Tom Daley, Olympic diving medallist, achieved an A at A level in Spanish, helping him to communicate when competing abroad. Nick Clegg, former deputy Prime Minister, is fluent in 5 languages.


 “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.” Nelson Mandela

What do our students say?

“The teachers make lesson fun and enjoyable. Learning Spanish is an important life skill given that most employers look for people with a second language.”


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: 20 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years for A Level