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Spanish A Level at West Lakes Academy

Course description

A Level Spanish builds on the skills taught at GCSE, developing beyond giving a simple opinion from your personal point of view, to developing an understanding of issues in Spanish society.

Topics covered include:

  • Politics The Media, The Arts, The Place of Voluntary Work, The Changing Nature of Family, Immigration, Life for the Marginalised and How We Treat Criminals.
  • The study of the work of an author from a Spanish speaking country.
  • The study of a Spanish film.
  • Students become more confident in seeking and conveying information and opinions in Spanish.

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Entry requirements

WLA Sixth Form entry requirements and a GCSE Spanish grade B and above.


  • Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Writing (2 ½ hours) 40% of A Level 160 Marks
  • Paper 2 Writing: Grammar, Study of Film and Book (2 hours) 30% of A Level 90 marks
  • Paper 3 Speaking Test conducted by class teacher. (21-23 minutes which includes 5 minutes preparation) 30% of of A Level 60 marks

Future opportunities

What can I do with an A Level in Spanish?

  • A modern language combines well with any other A Level subject.
  • Languages contribute to the cultural and linguistic richness of our society and to international trade and global citizenship.
  • The ability to understand and communicate in other languages is increasingly important in our society and in the global economy.
  • The opportunity to take full advantage of exchange programmes abroad whilst at university, irrespective of the course chosen.
  • Students have taken a number of career paths having studied languages at A Level, such as event management, business studies or even engineering, or undertaking work placements abroad.
  • Studying Spanish will enable you to learn other languages more easily and is ideal preparation for those wishing to study languages of increasing international importance; such as Chinese or Arabic.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lakes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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