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Spanish A level at North Liverpool Academy

Course description

You will be required to use Spanish accurately to express facts and ideas, and to present explanations, options and information in both speech and writing. You will learn to transfer meaning from Spanish/French into English and learn to read and respond to a variety of written texts, including authentic sources, covering different contexts, registers styles and genres.

The course also covers grammar and structures appropriate to the tasks set, drawn from specifications. In addition there is an opportunity to spend a week or two in the target language country to immerse yourself in the culture!

The aim of the A-level modern language course is to help you to develop an interest in speaking a foreign language, to gain awareness of the need to speak foreign languages, to appreciate the nature and diversity of different cultures and people and to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and employment.

If you are someone who likes to get to know different cultures, increase their employability factor and are very open minded, then this course is for you.


Course content


  • Social issues and trends
  • Aspects of Hispanic society
  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
  • Political and artistic culture
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
  • Grammar
  • Literary texts
  • Texts / Films
  • Individual research project

Entry requirements

As A-Level languages involve a lot of essay writing and conversational speaking it is recommended that you have a Grade B or above in the GCSE Modern Foreign Languages that you are wanting to study. There is a lot of written work in; students are expected to write essays about a variety of different topics. Therefore a prior knowledge of grammar and sentence structure is required.



Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
160 marks in total
40% of A-level Questions
Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary.
Paper 2: Writing

Written exam: 2 hours
90 marks in total
30% of A-level Questions
Paper 3: Speaking

Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
60 marks in total
30% of A-level


Future opportunities

Languages are an invaluable skill to have. Having a language can increase your salary from 8 to 20% and gives you a head start on other potential employees as by speaking another language you’re vital to any company who does international business (and there are a lot of them). Plus, a language is also a pre-requisite for lots of university courses so it’s something to consider if you’re thinking about university in the future. Languages are the key to the new, exciting multinational world we live in; so don’t miss out.

A languages qualification prepares you for progression to university or working in different countries, in areas such as media, marketing, teaching, translation, holiday industry, journalism and the sales industry.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Liverpool Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years