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Spanish A Level at Priory School Edgbaston

Course description

Studying Spanish at A-level will involve not only understanding how to communicate proficiently both verbally and in a written context but will also enhance your understanding of Spanish Culture and Society.

The study of one or more foreign languages at A-Level is an enjoyable, challenging and intellectually stimulating activity in itself and is also a valuable additional skill when studied alongside any combination of other subjects.

The A Level qualification has value as an additional skill in any portfolio of subjects, however it is also the passport to a great variety of university courses involving language study, ranging from the traditional specialist language and literature courses through to combinations involving management, law, business, other arts subjects and even sciences.  Language graduates are among the highest performers in terms of employability after graduation.

It is possible to study AS Spanish as a one year course or do the full A-Level as a two year course.

Course content

Course Content A-Level two year course.

There are five elements which make up the A-Level course.

·         Social issues and trends

o   Aspects of Hispanic society – current trends and current issues.

·         Political and artistic culture

o   Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

o   Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world.

·         Grammar.

·         Two literary texts or one literary text and one film.

·         Individual research project.


Course content AS one year course.

·         Social issues and trends

o   Aspects of Hispanic society – current trends and current issues.

·         Artistic culture

o   Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

·         Grammar

·         One literary text or one film

Entry requirements

Students need a GCSE Spanish grade A or higher and grades C in English, Maths and Science


Assessment A-Level two year course.


Paper 1 – 2½ hour examination of Listening, Reading and Writing skills (40%)

Paper 2 – 2 hour written examination on the set texts or text and film. (30%)

Paper 3 – 21-23 minute oral exam on one of the topics studied and the individual research       project. (30%)


Assessment AS level one year course.


Paper 1 – 1 hour 45 minutes examination of Listening, Reading and Writing skills (40%)

Paper 2 – 1 hour 15 minutes written examination on the set text or film (30%)

Paper 3 – 12-14 minutes oral exam on one sub-theme from aspects of Hispanic society and one sub-theme from Artistic culture in the Hispanic world. (30%)

Future opportunities

The ability to communicate in a different language will stand you in good stead for many career paths from business and finance to travel and tourism, journalism, science and the creative arts. Being able to speak a different language will also provide extensive travel opportunities.

Using your languages at work doesn't mean being just a teacher, translator or interpreter (although these jobs make for an extremely interesting career).  It can mean working in one of many industries, in which your languages, combined with expertise in another field, can really help you to get on.  It's a multilingual world and British companies are increasingly aware of the advantages of recruiting people with language skills. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priory School Edgbaston directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016

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    • We warmly welcome applications from internal and external candidates. In order to obtain admission into Priory Sixth Form, candidates must achieve a minimum of 5 A* – C grades including a minimum of a grade C in English language and mathematics. Students are also advised to choose subjects where they have achieved a grade A or B at GCSE. It is equally important for advance level study that applicants display strong self-discipline and commitment.

      Prospective pupils should complete a registration form and Sixth Form application during the Autumn term prior to taking their GCSEs. Interviews will take place early in the Spring Term and an Induction Day will be held late in the Summer Term prior to starting Priory Sixth Form. Candidates will also have the opportunity to tour the Sixth Form with a member of our senior leadership team.

      A conditional offer will be made to internal and external candidates upon receiving their predicted GCSE grades. A firm offer will be made on GCSE results day.