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Spanish A-Level at Ranelagh School

Course description

"Being able to speak a foreign language has obvious economic and vocational advantages, as well as encouraging our appreciation of other cultures and customs. We want all our young people to have the opportunity to speak foreign languages and to develop a positive international outlook." David Norman (Permanent Secretary, Department of Education and Skills)

The post-16 languages courses are modern and practical; they involve using the foreign language for written and oral communication and learning about the country, its culture and institutions. It is essential for students to be willing to participate in the four language skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. Knowledge and understanding of the culture and way of life of the target-language country will also be useful.

Throughout the course students develop key skills of communication, ICT, evaluation and working with others. The course also enables students to communicate with people from other countries, work abroad, work for a company with international links, have more fun when travelling abroad, and improve UCAS applications in any subject including Spanish. Students will also be able to apply to study this language and take up another language at university or combine this language with another subject at university (e.g. Business).

In addition, one of the highlights of the course in Year 12 is an exchange visit trip with a partner school in Spain, which gives students insight into Spanish family and cultural life.

Course content


Theme 1 - aspects of Hispanic society: current trends

  • Modern and traditional values
  • Cyberspace
  • Equal rights

Theme 2 -  multiculturalism in Hispanic society

  • Immigration
  • Racism
  • Integration

Theme 3 - artistic culture in Hispanic world

  • Modern day idols
  • Spanish regional identity
  • Cultural heritage or cultural landscape

Theme 4 -  aspects of political life in the Hispanic world

  • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
  • Monarchies, republics and dictatorships
  • Popular movements


  • Study of a Spanish book and film
  • Individual research project for the speaking examination in which students identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them

Entry requirements

Prospective students are expected to achieve grade B or above in GCSE Spanish.


Themes 1 & 2 - 40% of A level - listening, reading and translation 2 hrs 30 mins - listening and responding to spoken Spanish. reading and respondng, translation of passages into and from Spanish

Themes 3 & 4 - 30% of A level - writing 2 hrs - 2 x 300 word essays in Spanish answering questions on set book and set film

30% of A level - Speaking 12-23 mins (including 5 mins preparation)

Future opportunities

Languages are a great asset in many careers such as the civil service, sales and marketing for multinational companies, IT industry, international relations, public relations and the media, finance, commercial law, international law, publishing, leisure and tourism, in addition to teaching and translating and interpreting.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 January 2017

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