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Spanish A level at Holy Family Catholic School

Course description

Spanish A Level requires you to be interested in Spanish culture and be keen to use Spanish to understand and to communicate your own ideas and opinions to others on different topics and issues. Students are expected to be able to develop knowledge and understanding of the social issues and trends and political and artistic culture of the target language country and communities. They should be able to express and justify their own opinions, develop arguments, and persuade, in speech and writing, building on the fluency and spontaneity developed at Key Stages 3 and 4. The skill of translation will be developed from those skills practised at Key Stages 3 and 4. This qualification offers a suitable progression route to further study at university level. In addition, the study of one language at GCE can facilitate and help promote the learning of other languages.

Course content

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation Section A: Listening. Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources. Section B: Reading. A reading assessment based on a variety of text-types and genres where students will have to respond to comprehension questions. Section C: Translation into English. An unseen passage to be translated from Spanish to English.

Paper 2: Written response to works and translation Section A: Translation from English into Spanish. Section B: Written response to works (literary text). Students select one question from a choice of two for their chosen literary text. Section C: Written response to works (films) Students must write an extended response on one question from a choice of two for their chosen film.

Paper 3: Speaking Task 1: Students discuss one Theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing two different statements Task 2: is based on independent research selected and carried out by the student.

Entry requirements

GCSE average: 5.5, GCSE grade C in English, Grade B in Spanish and/or native speaker.


Paper 1: 1 hour and 50 minutes 40% of A Level.

Paper 2: 2 hours and 40 minutes written exam 30% of A Level.

Paper 3: Spoken exam 30% of A Level.

Future opportunities

Students can progress to a wide range of careers in areas such as journalism and media, education, science, medicine, the civil service, sales, marketing, retail, and charities. Students will be able to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding to authentic, real-life contexts. They will develop transferable skills that support study of other GCE subjects, higher education study, and the transition to employment, together with an understanding and appreciation of French-speaking countries and their cultures. The qualification may also add to an individual’s employability profile, particularly for UK organisations trading overseas as well as with international companies based in the UK and globally.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Family Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years