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Spanish A Level at Burlington Danes Academy

Course description

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

Paper 2: Writing

Paper 3: Speaking

Course content

  • Social issues and trends
  • Artistic Culture
  • Grammar
  • Film and/or literature

Entry requirements

·At least 6 A*-B grades at GCSE including English and Maths (grades 5 and above).

· Students on this pathway will take 3 A' levels, studying linear courses for 2 years.

· Students need to achieve at least a B at GCSE in their chosen A' Level subjects, or closely related subjects (e.g. English and Science grades are used for Psychology entry. See subject-specific entry requirements)

 · Minimum of 4 B grades required not including BTEC or vocational equivalents

Key skills required to complete this course

· Communication: reading, speaking, listening and writing

· Independent Learning

· Information Technology

· Numeracy

 · Problem Solving


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (40%)

Paper 2: Writing (about a film or piece of literature) (30%)

Paper 3: Speaking (30%)

All assessed at end of A2 year.

There is no coursework or controlled assessment. 

Future opportunities

A university degree in Languages could lead to a career as a translator, interpreter, working for an international company or abroad, or a job in tourism. Can also be combined in a ‘joint honours’ degree (e.g. International Business related courses).

If you are planning to study languages at university or go on to a career as a translator or interpreter, Spanish A Level is an excellent choice. Equally if you hope to work for a multi-national company or a company that does business abroad, this qualification provides a good grounding. However, whether or not you wish to use your languages in the workplace later on, many universities regard a qualification in languages very highly, and thus this may strengthen your application for higher education. The ability to speak a language shows that you are a good communicator, and an open-minded person.

Further information

Key tips for success

  • Regularly read Spanish newspapers and magazines, listen to Spanish radio, and watch Spanish news reports online to keep up-to-date with current affairs and improve comprehension skills.
  •  Watch Spanish films
  •  Buy a big dictionary and use it to support all homework
  •  Visit Spain – you will gain confidence with speaking 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burlington Danes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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