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Spanish A Level at Bristol Free School

Course description

Around the .world Spanish is spoken as a native language by 406 million people, which makes it second only to Mandarin. Spanish is the official language of 21 countries. Spanish is quickly becoming a key language in the modern business world. What this means is that anybody who is able to speak it at the fluent business level will not only have a head start with university applications but also a considerable advantage when applying for all types of careers later on in life and it will also give you more opportunity for international travel and work abroad. Learning Spanish will also give you a major advantage when trying to understand/ learn any other Latin-based language; such as Portuguese and Italian

Spanish is phonetic, which means you say what you see. This makes it easier to read in comparison to other languages. Hispanic literature is regarded as some of the best in the world.

We will also be studying Spanish-speaking Cinema, covering the works of legendary Spanish director, Pedro Almodovar and recent Oscar winning Mexican directors Guillermo Del Toro and Alejandro Iñarritu. Throughout the course, you will compare and contrast your own life with that of young people living in Spanish speaking countries, and gain valuable insight as to what their history and culture are like. You will get the chance to experience the rich variety of their festivities, customs, art and music original to Hispanic culture!

Course content

The course follows four general topics but they are wide and open ended topics which give scope for debate. The topics give students the opportunity to discuss new ideas, discover attitudes from other parts of the world and open their eyes to the wider world:
- Youth culture and concerns
- Lifestyle: health and fitness
- The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Spanish speaking world
- Education and employment.

Entry requirements

Must include a B grade or above in Spanish. A love of Spanish, other cultures and the diversity of the world is also a pre-requisite.


The course features a wide range of teaching and learning approaches and methods; interactive classroom study, group tasks, private study and research and one to one discussions with a native speaker. There will also be opportunities for foreign travel and immersion in the Spanish culture.

Future opportunities

Spanish can lead to many different and varied jobs – it is not all about teaching and translating. An A Level in Spanish shows universities and employers that you are prepared to work hard to learn grammar and vocabulary but that you also have lots of other skills like independent thinking, the ability to argue points and discuss ideas, that you can listen and that you can verbalise ideas.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 August 2017

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