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Spanish AS/A2 Year at The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description


Spanish AS/A2 levels build on the communication skills of GCSE and offer many more opportunities for students to develop their knowledge and ability to express opinions. Students can choose from a wide range of topic areas in which to specialise. Students are also encouraged to take part in visits and/or work experience to improve their language skills. Students also have regular lessons with a Foreign Language Assistant as well as exclusive access to dedicated personal study facilities within the modern languages department.

AS topics include:

1 - Youth culture and concerns (music, fashion, technology, relationships, drink, drugs and sex);

2 - Lifestyle, health and fitness (sport, exercise, food, diet and health issues);

3 - The world around us (travel, tourism, weather, and environment);

4 - Education and employment (student issues, the world of work and job opportunities).

A2 topics include all AS topics PLUS the following:

1 - Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions;

2 - National and international events; 3 - Literature and the arts.


Course content



Unit1 - Spoken expression and response

Students prepare 1 topic of their choice (from the AS topic list – see above) and participate in a conversation on their chosen topic for up to 10 minutes.


Unit 2 - Understanding and written response

After listening to a recorded piece or reading a short text, students select correct answers from a range of options (multiple-choice) and provide short written responses. Students also write a short text based on a given topic.


Unit 3 - Understanding and spoken response

Students debate a topic of their own choice and then discuss two further topics (chosen from the A2 or AS topic lists - see above) for up to a total of 13 minutes.


Unit 4 - Research, understanding and written response

Students complete a short translation, write an essay (chosen from a selection of topics) and write a second essay based on a topic of their choice studied as part of the A2 course (a book, film, historical period or region).


Entry requirements



In order to study Spanish at A Level you must have achieved 5 GCSEs A* - C; these must include grade B or above in Spanish.




Future opportunities


Language skills are valued in every aspect of business and commerce as well as in travel, tourism, law, financial services, the Civil Service, the Diplomatic Corps, the Armed Forces, education and leisure. UK employers consistently state that they need more people with languages to fill jobs in the UK and abroad.

Remember: learning languages is not aimed just at those wishing to work abroad but at those who want to improve their employment prospects with UK employers who can now choose from a wide variety of candidates from all countries of the European Union and beyond.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years