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Spanish EDEXCEL GCE Level 3 at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys

Course description

A level in French, German and/or Spanish

Modern Languages are a popular subject choice and provide excellent preparation for a wide range of professional careers such as Business Management, Computing, Diplomatic Services, Engineering, Finance, Journalism, Law and Translation. Students may of course study two languages, and combining a language with any other subject is often an excellent way to gain a place at a top university.

A level Course Outline

The A level Languages provision is offered at a high standard, which will allow students to build on the knowledge acquired at GCSE.

The course is suitable to you, if you:

  • Enjoy language learning
  • Enjoy learning about other cultures and be inspired by cultural curiosity
  • Want to use a language for further study (e.g. at university)
  • Want to work for companies with international links

In addition to discussing and learning about contemporary topics students will be able to enjoy finding out about cultural and historical aspects of the countries where their chosen language is spoken. An additional focus will be on film and contemporary literature.

A particular feature of this course is the development of an ability to understand and produce various texts with a focus upon the different registers of language required in a variety of contexts.

Extra support for the development of oral fluency and confidence is provided through weekly conversation classes with a native speaker.

Beyond the Classroom

There are a number of opportunities to practise the chosen language, for example during exchange trips. The MFL department organises annual visits to Barcelona, Berlin and Paris. There are also several enrichment opportunities throughout the two years including a translation symposium/workshop, the chance to support the teaching of languages in the Lower School by becoming a member of the MFL Society and different lectures delivered by university professors.

Skills required and developed

During the two-year course students will further develop their four language skills (reading. listening, writing and speaking) and will be able to understand increasingly longer texts and spoken dialogues. Students will also be encouraged to read for pleasure in the target language.

This course will equip students with the ability to discuss both orally and in writing topics of local, national and global importance as well as matters from a range of cultural sources. All of those skills are highly regarded by universities and future employers.


A levels will be linear and students will sit all exams at the end of the two-year course. AS will be decoupled from A level; therefore the two qualifications are completely different.

Students will study the grammatical concepts and structure of the language. The end of course exams will test their use of accurate grammar and structures appropriate to the task set.

The course will assess the following skills:

  • Listening and responding to passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers.
  • Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes.
  • Translation into the language of study
  • Speaking (discussion and presentation of topics)
  • The study and research of books and films

Entry requirements

Grade 7 in GCSE Spanish guarantees a place on this course.  

Please note that applicants must also meet our overall entry requirements of 8 GCSE passes at grade 9 - 5.​

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses, which could lead you onto higher education to study Spanish, Languages or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job requiring a knowledge of Spanish or languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your Spanish to study or work in Spain. You could also go straight into employment as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector.

With an A level Spanish you could:

• Communicate with people from other countries

• Work abroad

• Work for a company with international links

• Have more fun when travelling abroad

• Improve your UCAS application for any subject

Further information

There will be a presentation on this course at our Sixth Form Open Evening in February.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years