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Spanish - A Level (Aqa) at The Cotswold Academy

Course description

About the syllabus:

Spanish is timetabled for eight lessons a week, with grammar and topics divided between two teachers in each year. In addition we are very fortunate to be able to provide our students with a lesson each week with a native Spanish speaking language assistant.

Students need to learn vocabulary on a regular basis, produce written work regularly and be prepared to do extra listening practice at home.

Spanish students are offered a work experience trip in Madrid, where they are expected to complete a work placement, organise their own itinerary and plan all activities. This offers students the chance to experience working, travelling and living in Spain and coincides with preparation for oral exams. As such, it has proven very successful in improving students’ confidence and language ability.

Even after just a year’s study, you should be able to communicate both verbally and on paper with greater fluency and you will be able to understand both spoken and written Spanish with greater confidence. After two years’ study, these skills will be enhanced further and will prepare you for higher education.

Just a few of the benefits of studying Spanish:

• Gain a useful qualification for today’s job market

• A valuable addition to international business courses

• Opportunity to plan and spend time abroad on work experience

• Broaden your employment prospects

• Appreciate and understand a different culture and have a lot of fun too!

Course content

AS units in Year 12

Unit 1 Listening, Reading and Writing and essay

Candidates complete a series of comprehension questions in both English and Spanish based on spoken and written text and then must write a short essay on a choice of topics studied throughout the year.

Exam  2 hours 70% of AS Level 35% of A Level

Unit 2 Speaking

Candidates must talk about a card they have chosen and answer questions on topics studied throughout the year. 35mins (20 mins prep)  30% of AS Level 15% of A Level

A2 units in Year 13

Unit 3 Listening, Reading and Writing on cultural topic

Candidates complete a series of comprehension questions in both English and Spanish based on spoken and written text. They must complete two translation exercises and then must write an essay on a cultural topic they have studied and prepared throughout the year.

Exam 2hr 30mins  35% of A Level

Unit 4 Speaking

Candidates prepare to give and defend their opinions on a topic. Candidates then must talk about the two cultural topics they have studied and be prepared to give and defend their personal opinions. Exam 35mins (20 mins prep)  15% of A Level

Entry requirements

A*-A in GCSE Spanish, having completed the higher tier papers.


Entry criteria for A2 is at least a D at the requisite AS Level


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cotswold Academy directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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