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Spanish AS & A Level at Presdales School

Course description

You will progress in cultural knowledge, understanding of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world, and build on existing linguistic skills (understanding and using spoken and written Spanish).

The course builds rapidly on the grammar and skills acquired by those with the highest GCSE grades, in the context of exciting topical materials and discussions. You should have an interest in current affairs generally, but specifically with reference to the Spanish-speaking world. The general topic areas covered are listed below in Spanish and cover aspects of Spanish society (such as the family, work and tourism), politics, music, the media, and traditions of Spanish-speaking countrie, immigration and integration, Franco's dictatorship and the transitio to democracy.


Course content

Theme 1: The development of society in Spain

  • Nature and the environment
  • Education and training
  • The world of work

Theme 2: Political and cultural development in Spanish-speaking countries and communities

  • Music
  • The Media
  • The rold of festivals and traditions

Theme 3: Immigration and Spanish multicultural society

  • Immigration and multiculturalism
  • The economic and social effects of immigration

Theme 4: Franco's dictatorship and the transition to democracy

Entry requirements

You will need an A grade at GCSE. (High scoring B grade candidates will be considered on merit)


3 examinations, taken at the end of  Year 13.

Paper 1: Listening, Reading & Translation (1hr50) 40%

Paper 2: Written response to literature/film & Translation (2hrs40) 30%

Paper 3: Speaking (21-23 mins) 30% 

Financial information

Year 12 have the opportunity to go to Barcelona on the school exchange or have the possibility of undertaking work experience in Spain (through a private company)

Other events such as theatre visits and conferences are sometimes arranged during the year.

Future opportunities

Spanish combined well with any other subject studies, both in the Sixth Form and Higher Education. A post-16 language qualification is a desirable addition to any CV and can be used in a variety of career areas, as well as making foreign travel more interesting and rewarding.

Spanish id the native language of more than 400million people around the world, principally in Spain and South and Central America. In addition, it is closely related to languages such as French and Italian, which you may be learning or would like to learn in the future. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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    • Presdales is a five-form entry all-ability school which became an Academy on 1st April 2012, for girls aged from eleven to eighteen. Boys are welcomed into the Sixth Form. Founded as Ware Grammar School for Girls in 1906 on the Amwell House site, it moved to its present site at Presdales in 1964. Since 1975 – when the school’s intake was enlarged – we have accepted girls from a wide area of Hertfordshire.

      The school was rated ‘outstanding’ at all four inspections in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2008. Language College status was granted by the DfES in 1995 and, on the strength of the school’s high performance overall, Music College status with English as an accompanying strand was awarded in 2006, followed by Mathematics & Computing College status with a Gifted & Talented focus in 2008.