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Spanish at St Gregory's Catholic School

Course description

Why study Spanish

Besides the the obvious benefits that learning any language brings, here are our top 5 reasons to learn Spanish.

1: It’s a global language. Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world, and the most spoken language in the Americas.

Reason 2: Opportunities for immersion are all around you. There are more Spanish speakers in the United States than in any other Spanish-speaking country, except Mexico. That’s right, there are more people speaking Spanish in the US than in Spain!

3: It’s easy to learn and easy to start speaking quickly. Spanish is considered one of the easiest languages for a native English speaker to learn. The grammar and pronunciation are different from English, but simpler and more consistent.

Reason 4: It might be in your blood ! There’s no better way to reconnect to your ancestors than by learning their language.

Reason 5: Dive into Hispanic Culture ! You can connect to the Spanish language through its art, music, cinema and literature.

Course content

The A Level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society.


Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation

What's assessed:

•Aspects of Hispanic society.
•Artistic culture in the Hispanic world.
•Multiculturalism in Hispanic society.
•Aspects of political life in Hispanic society.


How is it assessed:

•Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
•160 marks in total
•40% of A-level


Paper 2: Writing

What's assessed:

•One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification


How is it assessed:

•Written exam: 2 hours
•90 marks in total
•30% of A-level

Paper 3: Speaking

What is assessed:

• Individual research project.

• One of four sub-themes ie: Aspects of Hispanic society or Artistic culture in the Hispanic world or Multiculturalism in Hispanic society or Aspects of political life in Hispanic society.


How is it assessed:

•Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including five minutes’ preparation time)
•60 marks in total
•30% of A-level

Entry requirements

Grade 7 in subject

Future opportunities

Considering a language degree at university? No matter what language it is, the beauty of having a language degree is that there is no one given career path following graduation. Language degrees can open up opportunities in areas that you may never even have thought to look.

No doubt you’ve heard about teaching, translating and interpreting as career options, but this list of 10 possible careers with a language degree aims to look beyond the obvious into the exciting potential job that could be in your future with a language degree.

Foreign civil service, airline services, advertising, editing&publishing, subtitles&voice overs, event management, nursing, sommelier, import/export specialist and hotel management.

Further information

What other subjects does it combine successfully with?

Studying a language implies using regularly four different skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Other subjects that would help with developing your language skills could be English Language for grammatical knowledge and organisation skills with Individual Research Project(coursework) ; History or RE for essay writing for example.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Gregory's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: AQA Spanish

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • St Gregory's Office
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01892 527444
    • Email address:


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    • St Gregory’s is an Ofsted Outstanding Catholic school, welcoming of all faiths and none. We help young people to succeed, not just academically but as a well-balanced individual.

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      We offer a broad range of subjects with all the support you’ll need to springboard into higher education, apprenticeships and employment. A combination of first class teaching and incredible pastoral care together with a range of experiences outside the classroom will inspire, build self-esteem and the confidence to achieve. Our Sixth Formers achieve consistently good examination results enabling them to move on to their chosen path, including Oxbridge, top universities, medical and veterinary schools. Our results are consistently high.

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