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Spanish A Level at Hereford Sixth Form College

Course description

This course aims to develop high levels of competence in understanding, speaking and writing Spanish and a deeper knowledge of Spanish and Latin American culture and civilisation.

Learning Spanish develops communication and problem-solving skills. It also helps to improve your social skills, confidence and awareness of Hispanic culture.

Spanish makes you think. It encourages you to question your own ideas and express your point of view. It is a challenging, but highly rewarding subject.

Course content

Over the two years you will study:

  • Social Issues and Trends.
  • Political and Artistic Culture.
  • Literary Texts and Film.
  • Grammar.

The work is presented in context through newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television programmes, film, video and the internet.

You are expected to go over material covered in class every day to build your knowledge of the language and vocabulary. It is essential to maintain detailed vocabulary and grammar notes and you will write short essays on the topics you study.
There are weekly tests, comprehension and grammar exercises, translations and the preparation of texts for classroom study or oral presentation.

Entry requirements

As a minimum, you will need 

  • Grade B in GCSE Spanish.
  • Grade 5 or B in GCSE English Language.
  • Grade 5 or B in GCSE English Literature.

You will also have an interest in:

  • How language works. 
  • Spanish language and culture.


Paper1: Listening, reading and writing (40% of A level).

Paper 2: One text and one film essay (30% of A level).

Paper 3: Oral (30% of A level).

Future opportunities

The knowledge of a European language increases your career prospects, whatever you choose to specialise in. Recent data from Oxford University shows that 93% of modern language graduates go straight into employment or further study.

Spanish can help you gain access to top jobs in business, banking, finance, journalism, law, public relations and the civil service. There are opportunities in tourism, the media, the diplomatic service, translation and interpreting.

Spanish is spoken by 400 million native speakers in over 20 countries.

Further information

It is important to read widely and the Library has an excellent range of magazines and books, many with accompanying CDs, in Spanish. There is also an extensive collection of Spanish films available for you to borrow.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hereford Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017

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