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Spanish AS level at Chatham Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Our course aims to promote the understanding and use of the Spanish language and to stimulate interest in aspects of that country and the Spanish speaking world. Made up of oral, listening, reading and writing components, the course examines topical issues and we take much of our course material from newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the Internet. Spanish is widely spoken throughout the world making it a worthwhile university choice and a valuable asset for employers.

Course content

Paper 1     Speaking

Paper 2     Listening, Reading & Translation

Paper 3     Writing 


Being a young person in Spanish-speaking society

Understanding the Spanish-speaking world

Students will study a Spanish film or book and analyse it 


The A level course provides opportunities to

•     work independently and collaboratively

•     broaden your understanding of current affairs 

•     acquire a wide range of vocabulary

•     advance your grammatical understanding 

•     develop translation skills

•     practise speaking and writing skills

•     think analytically

•     appreciate your role in  a multilingual, global society

•     communicate effectively in Spanish

•     learn about the extensive Spanish culture 

Entry requirements

All students must obtain five C grade passes at GCSE (a GNVQ qualification will also be considered).  In addition we expect students to have achieved a B grade at GCSE in Spanish. 

Future opportunities

The course provides an excellent foundation for further study at degree level.

Most linguists offer French and German but fewer offer Spanish.  As Spanish is widely spoken throughout the world (more so than French and German), Spanish linguists are always in demand in a wide variety of jobs from business and technology to banking and travel and leisure.

Many universities require the student to spend from 6 months to a year in Spain as part of the degree course.  This provides an excellent opportunity to gain real insight into the country and to develop your language skills. Given the importance of Spanish, many universities now offer courses combining Spanish with business and many other subjects.

Employers today view the ability to offer a foreign language as a huge asset, giving you the advantage over other candidates in a competitive jobs’ market. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September