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Spanish Edexcel A Level at Elthorne Park High School

Course description

The course concentrates on your ability to both read and listen to texts in Spanish, drawn from a wide range of sources; topical, technical, business, literary, social and historical, and respond appropriately to them. You will engage readily in conversation, discussion, debate, and present arguments in Spanish. You will further your knowledge of the countries, customs and cultures of the people whose language you are learning.

It is of great importance in the modern, global world to be able to speak more than one language. Learning a foreign language is learning about different cultures and learning how to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds. It will give you a competitive edge in the global empoyment market.

Course content

  • Youth culture and concerns
  • Lifestyle: health and fitness
  • The world around us
  • Education and employment
  • Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions
  • Literature and the arts
  • National and international events: past, present and future

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades (including English and Maths) and a minimum of a B grade in the GCSE related to your chosen subjects


Spoken expression and response:

  • Respond to four set questions on a stimulus material. Engage in a discussion that moves away from the main focus of the stimulus.
  • 8-10 min
  • 15% of A Level

Understanding and written response:

  • Listen and respond to a range of authentic recorded material.
  • Read and respond to authentic printed materials.
  • Write 200-220 words based on a short stimulus.
  • 2 hour, 30 minutes
  • 35% of A Level

Understanding and spoken response:

  • Argue a definite perspective and defend and justify your opinions.
  • 11-13 min
  • 17.5% of A Level

Research, understanding and written response:

  • Complete a short written translation exercise.
  • Write an essay.
  • Produce a research-based essay (240-270 words) on an area of cultural or social interest.
  • 2 hour, 20 min
  • 32.5% of A Level

Future opportunities

These include: translating, interpreting in international organisations and language teaching. There is also a wealth of opportunities which the subject opens up in: IT, law, finance, politics, journalism, international development, business, trading etc.

Candidates with languages plus other qualifications are much more sought-after in the global market of today. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Elthorne Park High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2016

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    • At EPHS Sixth Form we aim to provide you with a broad and exciting range of opportunities so that you are in the best possible position to go on to further study, work and become an positive member of the community.  As such, we have a variety of activities on offer outside of lessons.


      There is a huge range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Elthorne including sports teams, music groups, language clubs and more! Please see the timetables which will be distributed within the first few weeks for further details. Sixth Form students are also encouraged to set up their own activities or societies and support teachers in running clubs for younger students

      Whole school projects

      These projects are a great way to give back to the school, support younger students and learn skills at the same time. Currently we have a number of projects running including: Senior prefects, Year 7 accelerated reader scheme and academic mentoring

      Community projects

      EPHS has strong links with the community and we encourage students to nurture these by contributing to local projects.

      Enrichment lesson

      You will have one enrichment period every two weeks. In this hour you will be able to choose from a range of activities and courses to learn new skills and develop your knowledge outside of your A-level/BTEC courses. Some students will also be able to lead an activity.