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Spanish at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

Studying Spanish post 16 offers you the opportunity to learn more about the culture and people of the Hispanic speaking world, as well as further developing your language skills and embedding your fluency beyond GCSE level. In both Year 12 and Year 13 you will have the opportunity to spend a week in either Madrid or Granada in the run up to the speaking component of the course. We offer the WJEC AS/’A’ Level Spanish qualification.

You will enhance your ability to understand, speak and write in Spanish whilst covering a range of topic areas including:
•  Youth Culture
•  Travel & Tourism
•  Relationships
•  Health Issues & Sport
•  Entertainment
•  Immigration & Racism Issues
•  Environmental Issues
•  The Media
•  Political Issues

Course content

In addition to your five formal lessons, you will also spend an hour a week on a one-to-one basis with a Spanish speaking language assistant. The approach is essentially topic based, with due emphasis placed on the key skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammatical knowledge and application.

Entry requirements

For AS study you will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade B with a minimum of one other GCSE grade C or above.  You must have GCSE Maths and English at a grade C or above.  We would expect you to have at least a GCSE  grade B in the subject you wish to study or a closely related discipline.


AS Level
SN1 - Speaking Examination - 40% - Internally assessed
A speaking test of approximately 14 minutes, where you will talk about your studies, future plans and leisure time, in addition to two topic areas.
SN2 – 60% - Comprehension & Essay Skills Paper
In the SN2 examination students must complete a variety of questions examining their listening & reading comprehension skills, grammatical application and several ‘mini’ translations from Spanish to English. In addition to this, pupils must write a 250 word essay in Spanish on one of the sociological topic issues covered.

A2 Level
SN3 - Speaking Examination - 40% - assessed by an external examiner
Students must prepare an oral exposé on a sociological issue / personal interest relating to one of the autonomous regions of Spain. Students will also be given a newspaper article on one of the topic areas covered throughout the A2 course. Pupils will have 15 minutes to prepare an open ended discussion on the topic
presented in the article. The speaking examination will last for approximately 15 minutes.

SN4 - 60% - Comprehension & Essay Skills Paper
In the SN4 examination students must complete a variety of questions examining their listening & reading comprehension skills, grammatical application and a prose translation from English to Spanish. In addition to this, pupils must write a 50 word essay in Spanish on the film that they have studied, El Laberinto del Fauno by
Guillermo del Toro. Students will be given a choice of either a character or theme based question.

Financial information


St. Mary’s Sixth Form has a bursary scheme that supports students, who meet eligibility criteria, with the cost of attending college.

The bursary scheme is made up of 2 parts - a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable and a discretionary fund for schools to distribute. The most vulnerable are classified as:

• young people in care;

• care leavers;                         

• young people in receipt of Income Support;

• disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The discretionary element can be accessed via an application form and students should contact the Sixth Form office for further details. The College will consider every request for financial assistance and will endeavour to target the fund to help those students in greatest need

Future opportunities

The ability to speak another language is in great demand. Spanish is one of the most desired languages that people would like to be able to converse in. After Mandarin Chinese, Spanish is the fastest growing modern foreign language in the world today.

With the growth in multi-national companies, there are many opportunities, even requirements, to work in a multi-lingual environment. Languages works well at degree level combined with a variety of subjects. Combining Spanish with business, tourism, law, politics, science or computing can greatly enhance your degree. Lots of
universities now offer the opportunity to start studying another modern or oriental language ‘ab initio’ (from scratch) on the proviso that you have studied at least one language post 16. Languages take you further, jump on board!

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 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years