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A Level Spanish at Matthew Arnold School

Course description

This course will improve your ability to speak, write and understand Spanish and broaden your understanding of Spanish culture and life. You will discuss and write about various aspects of contemporary society: media (TV, advertising, IT), popular culture (cinema, music, fashion), healthy living, family and relationships. You will also learn many more grammatical structures that will enable you to become independent in your research and more proficient in your use of formal and informal Spanish. A further aim of the course is to facilitate travel to Spain! You will exchange emails with students in our partner school in Antequera and you may decide to visit them on an exchange. In year 13, you will continue to study a variety of topics: the environment, multiculturalism (immigration, integration, racism) and other contemporary social issues (wealth and poverty, law and order, scientific advances). You will set yourself a coursework topic related to Spain or the Spanish-speaking world and conduct independent research in this area.

The first half of the course is called Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Spanish. This is a stepping stone to the full A level qualification. To pass AS Spanish you must complete a two hour ‘Listening, Reading and Writing’ exam (Unit 1) and a fifteen minute speaking test (Unit 2). You may just take the AS qualification on its own. The full A level is made up of the AS course plus two more units which are studied at a higher (A2) level. Here again you will complete a ‘Listening, Reading and Writing’ exam of two hours and thirty minutes (Unit 3) and a fifteen minute speaking test (Unit 4).

Entry requirements

The course builds directly on work covered in GCSE Spanish and students are likely to be already enjoying success in their GCSE studies.


You will be given an overview of the grammar and vocabulary learning necessary to succeed in the course and helped to plan your own study. In lessons you always play an active role in a variety of activities: writing on mini white boards, listening to CDs and cassettes, reading competitions, student presentations, singing (!) and watching DVDs.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 April 2015
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