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Spanish AQA A Level at Lea Valley High School

Course description

This course has been designed to give you a profound understanding of Spanish language. Not only will you know more about the mechanics of the language, like grammar and vocabulary, but also about how people live and use this language on a day-to-day basis.

The new AQA GCE Spanish specification from September 2016 has been developed in line with the regulatory requirements provided by the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofqual. The content and skills of the new specification build on what you studied at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4, and provide better progression onto further/higher education and employment. It requires you to develop your ability to write and speak in Spanish with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes, and to understand written or spoken Spanish in a variety of contexts and genres.

There will be greater focus on countries and communities where Spanish is spoken to inspire your cultural curiosity.

Course content

You will study technological and social change, diversity and the benefits it brings. You will also study highlights of Hispanic artistic culture, including a focus on Spanish regional identity and the cultural heritage of past civilisations. You will explore the influence of the past on present-day Spanish-speaking communities and learn the language in the context of Spanish-speaking countries as well as the issues and influences which have shaped them.

You will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice.

1)            Compulsory content for the first year of A-Level:

Modern and traditional values. - Cyberspace - Equal rights - Modern day idols -Spanish regional identity - Cultural heritage or cultural landscape.

2)            Additional A Level content:

Immigration - Racism - Integration - Today's youth, tomorrow's citizens -Monarchies, republics and dictatorships - Popular movements.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE A* ‐ C including Mathematics and English Language at grade C or better
  • GCSE Spanish at grade B or above

Future opportunities

Students attaining A Level French can progress to study higher level courses, including foundation degrees, undergraduate degrees and/or BTEC Higher Nationals in a wide range of subjects. French speakers can go into a wide range of sectors of employment, including business services, central and local government, education, engineering, banking and financial services, health, medicine and social care, law, manufacturing, marketing, public services, retail, translation and interpreting, voluntary and charity work.

Further information

Further reading:

Crónica de una muerte anunciada - Gabriel García Márquez

La Casa de Bernarda Alba - Lorca

Como agua para chocolate - Esquivel




El laberinto del fauno

Ocho apellidos vascos 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lea Valley High School directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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