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Spanish A Level at West Somerset College

Course description

Choosing to study Spanish at A Level is a really smart move. For those who want a fascinating subject offering wider career opportunities, higher earning potential and much more importantly a challenge that will engage and absorb you throughout, then A Level Spanish is the answer for you. You will study different aspects of the Hispanic world and gain insight into its fascinating cultural heritage. However, languages are always developing and changing and study at A Level reflects the vitality and energy of the Spanish language. You will develop and gain essential skills that will equip for you success in the course yet also give you an excellent foundation for further study in a wide range of subject areas.

As you grow to become an informed member of our multilingual global society, you can be confident that your knowledge and skills will open up doors to many new and exciting futures! Learning a language is fun, engaging, challenging and hugely rewarding! Your future will be enhanced and your outlook shifted in an unexpected and fulfilling way! Who knows where a language will take you – your options are certainly wider with A Level Spanish!

Course content

You will study social issues and trends in Spanish and within the Spanish-speaking world, this including family values (new and traditional), the challenges and opportunities of EL ciberespacio and equal rights. Multiculturalism in Hispanic society is a further main theme looking at immigration, racism and integration in the Hispanic world. You will also study artistic culture, looking at idols, regional identities and cultural heritage. Finally, you will study aspects political life in the Hispanic world, youth and citizenship, monarchies and dictatorships and popular movements.

This may look like the specification for many other A Level courses yet of course you will learn to discuss, evaluate, analyse these themes in Spanish! You will develop a significant range of skills, including translation skills of unseen texts, ability to plan and implement focused research and including critical appreciation of literary works and other media.

The focus at A Level is on studying how Spanish speaking societies have been shaped culturally and socially and how they continue to grow as vibrant nations. As you will appreciate, this will be exciting and interesting throughout!

Entry requirements

A Level Spanish builds strongly on the foundations of your GCSE study. In addition to the general entry requirements for A Level study of 5 GCSEs at grade C/5 or above including English and Maths, you will need to achieve a minimum grade 5/C in Spanish GCSE to give you the right preparation for success at advanced level. You will also need to ensure that you are motivated and prepared for the challenge ahead. Understanding how to work effectively both in and beyond lessons is vital.


A Level Spanish is a two-year linear course, this meaning that you are assessed at the end of the two years by formal external examinations. Paper 1 is a listening, reading and writing paper of 2.5 hours and is worth 50% of the final grade. Paper 2 is a writing paper and you will write on a text and a film studied (or two texts) – this is 2 hours in length and is worth 20% of the final grade. Speaking is assessed in Paper 3. A 30 minute test is worth 30% of the final grade and you will speak about your individual research project (into an aspect of German-speaking society).

Further information

Lessons will be exciting, engaging and energetic. You will be expected to prepare well for each lesson with independent research and you will participate fully in debate and discussion. You will develop a close professional relationship with teaching staff who will monitor your progress closely. You will be given close, personal guidance on how to improve and how to maximise your performance. The course will be enlivened with genuine cultural artefacts and experiences.

Grammar will be constantly present throughout the course and will feature in each lesson, learning in an enjoyable and effective way. You will practise implementing new grammar in your work and see your own progress in regular assessments.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Somerset College directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years