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Spanish A Level at Ripon Grammar School

Course description

A further qualification in Spanish will provide students with a very useful skill for the future.  You may wish to specialise in languages, but many students will wish to add a language to their combination of other subjects.  You will develop your communication skills, learn more about non-British culture and widen your general knowledge.

Potential students should note that AS level is a natural extension of GCSE, but that it will place greater demands on your skills and knowledge. In particular, a premium is placed on the ability to write accurately and to use a wider range of vocabulary and structures than at GCSE. 

Entry requirements

A grade B is a minimum requirement for entry to study Spanish in the sixth form.  Just as importantly, we welcome students with a record of enthusiasm for the subject and who wish to seriously develop their language skills and understanding of Spanish-speaking culture.


At AS level assessment is carried out in June and involves two units. Unit 1 is a two hour examination called Listening, Reading and Writing and is worth 70% of marks.  Unit 2 is the Speaking Test and is worth 30% of marks. The speaking test takes thirty-five minutes (including twenty minutes preparation).

At A2 level there are two more units, both taken in June. Unit 3 is a two hour thirty minutes paper called Listening, Reading and Writing.  This unit includes an essay question based on the cultural topics studied during the year. Unit 4 is the Speaking Test which takes thirty five minutes (including preparation) and which is worth 30% of the A2 marks.

For students continuing through to A2 level, AS re-sits are strongly advised and are available in June.

In addition there will be an assessment to check progress in November of the AS year and a mock examination during the spring term of the A2 year.

Future opportunities

Being able to speak another language brings all sorts of opportunities later in life. Spanish is a widely sought after language in Europe and the Americas. Students will find there is a large range of university Spanish courses. Furthermore, employment prospects for linguists are very bright indeed.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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