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Spanish A level at Shoeburyness High School

Course description

This Advanced level course is a linear programme of study, meaning that it is all examined at the end of the course. Students study technological and social change, looking at diversity and the benefit it brings. They will study parts of Spanish-speaking artistic culture, including Spanish music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the Spanish Speaking world. Students will also explore the influence of the past on present-day Spanish speaking communities. Students will also study film and texts and will have the opportunity to carry out an independent research study of their choice.

Entry requirements

Because of the nature of this qualification, it is necessary to have achieved at least a B grade or above at GCSE.


What's assessed?

  • Aspects of Hispanic society
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
  • Aspects of political life in Hispanic society

Paper 2 – Writing. Written Exam – 2 hours. 90 marks in total. 30% of complete A-level Students choose either: Either one question in Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in Spanish on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in Spanish on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text. This is approximately 300 words as an essay.

Paper 3 – Speaking. Oral Exam: 21 – 23 minutes, including 5 minutes preparation time. 60 marks in total 30% of complete A-level. The individual research project is assessed in a discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5-6 minutes). Student studies the card for 5 minutes before testing. Presentation of 2 minutes and a discussion of 9- 10 minutes of the student’s project. The Individual research project which is one of four sub-themes i.e. Aspects of Hispanic society or Artistic culture in the Hispanic world or Multiculturalism in Hispanic society or Aspects of political life in Hispanic society.

Future opportunities

  • University courses in Modern Foreign Languages with other specialisms (i.e. Law and French)
  • To enhance employment prospects
  • To facilitate foreign travel
  • To provide and insight into another culture and society
  • To start learning other languages – one language at A level usually leads to more at degree level and beyond.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shoeburyness High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years