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Spanish - AQA A Level at Bishopshalt School

Course description

The course aim is to encourage students to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively, develop an understanding of the language in a variety of contexts and increase their awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of the country where the language is spoken.

Course content

This is a two year A level course.

The course focuses on how society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of the country where the target language is spoken. In the second year, further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on issues, such as life for those on the margins of society as well as looking at the positive influences that diversity brings. Students also study aspects of the political landscape of the country of the target language.

Entry requirements

These courses are open to students with grades 9-6 achieved at GCSE.


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

• Aspects of society: current trends

• Aspects of society: current issues

• Artistic culture

• Aspects of political life

• Grammar

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

40% of A level

Paper 2: Writing

• One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification

• Grammar

Written exam: 2 hours

30% of A level

Paper 3: Speaking

• Presentation and discussion of an individual research project

• Discussion of one of the four sub-themes i.e. aspects of society: current trends, aspects of society: current issues, artistic culture, aspects of political life

Oral exam: Approximately 25 minutes

30% of A level

Future opportunities

An A level in Languages provides a basis for further study of French, and/or Spanish at degree level, or for study of Languages together with another or other subjects – for example Law, History, English, Philosophy, Media, Leisure – at degree level or equivalent.


Possible careers might be in Law, Journalism, Media, ICT, Marketing, Sport and Leisure, Travel and Tourism, Teaching, Translation and many more!

Further information

For further details please see Miss Platt - Head of Modern Foreign Languages.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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