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Spanish A Level at Invicta Grammar School

Course description

British universities are offering many more opportunities to study Spanish, be it on its own, with English or another language, or as part of a combined honours with other subjects. This is hardly surprising, given that Spanish is now the second most-spoken native language; a vehicle of communication for more than 437 million people; and the official language in 20 countries.

Course content

This course has been designed to give you a profound, nuanced understanding of Spanish. Not only will you come to know more about the mechanics of the language – like grammar, syntax and vocabulary – but you will also learn to understand and appreciate how people live and use the language on a day-to-day basis around the world. Our students find that a language is therefore a natural fit for many subjects, enabling them to use their skills and qualifications to access diverse career opportunities at home and abroad. On a more general level, anybody who wants to travel for work or pleasure should consider taking this course.

Across the two years you will study four main topics: aspects of Hispanic society, artistic culture in the Hispanic world, multiculturalism in Hispanic society, and aspects of political life in the Hispanic society. These build on what you have studied at GCSE and cover a wide range of interesting and engaging issues from women’s rights to immigration. You will also study two literary texts, Crónica de una muerte anunciada and La casa de Bernarda Alba, applying your knowledge of the Spanish language and culture to new contexts. Finally, you will complete an independent research project on a topic of your choice, developing your expertise in an area of particular personal interest to you.

Quite apart from being beneficial at a personal and inter-personal level, an A Level in Spanish will help with a variety career paths. For those who want to specialise in language, there is translation, interpretation and diplomacy. Or maybe you want to work in the travel and tourism industry? Even as a budding engineer, journalist or designer, being proficient in a language will give you broader career options and help differentiate you from other applicants for any university or college course, or job.

Entry requirements

7/above in GCSE Spanish.


Component 1: Written Paper (Total marks: 100; 2 hours 30 minutes)
Listening: 30 marks
Reading: 50 marks
Translation into English: 20 marks
40% of A Level

Component 2: Written Paper (Total marks: 75; 2 hours 45 minutes)
Translation into Spanish : 15 marks
Critical essay on a set literary text: 30 marks
Literary essay on a set literary text: 30 marks
30 % of A Level

Component 3:Speaking Test (Total marks:75; 16-18 minutes + 5 minutes preparation)
Discussion of stimulus card: 30 marks
Research project: 45 marks
30 % of A Level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Invicta Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years