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SPANISH at Boston Spa Academy

Course description

There are now more native Spanish-speakers in the world than those of any other language except Mandarin Chinese (yes, more people have Spanish as their first language than English!). However, Spanish A Level is much more than just a communication qualification. In fact, it is one of the most diverse courses imaginable, covering everything from Cuban politics to Colombian cinema, Mexican art to Spanish theatre, whilst also considering gender stereotypes, the rise of the Internet, racial discrimination, celebrity culture, immigration policy and much more! This is a course for adventurous students who want the skills that come with learning a foreign language, but who also want to discover new ideas and cultures, and look at the world we live in from a different perspective.

Course content

During the Year 12 course, students will cover:

Aspects of Spanish society: Current trends, Artistic culture in the Hispanic world and a cultural topic (a film).

The Year 13 course covers Aspects of Spanish society:

Current issues, Aspects of political life in the Hispanic speaking world, a cultural topic (a book) and opportunities for an Individual Research project based on an aspect of Hispanic society.

Entry requirements

Achieve 5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher).

Achieving a grade 6 at GCSE Spanish is desirable.


Paper 1: Content assessed: All Aspects of Spanish speaking society (Year 1 and 2) and grammar;

Written exam: 2.5 hours 40% of A level

Paper 2: Content assessed: one book and one film or two books and grammar;

Written exam: 2 hours, 90 marks 30% of A Level

Paper 3: Content assessed: Individual research project based on Spanish speaking society and one of the four sub-themes studied across the 2 years

30% of A Level, oral exam


Future opportunities

Spanish has the advantage of being both a practical employment skill and a subject which is perceived to be highly academic, meaning that it is much sought after by both universities and employers.

Former languages students choose to deploy their languages skills in a range of rewarding professional contexts, including journalism, law, business, politics and diplomacy. Meanwhile, many other careers are also available specifically for languages graduates, including language teaching (within the UK and abroad), linguistic and cultural research, and translation/interpretation.

Further information

For further information, contact the Sixth Form on 01937 846612



How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 November 2018
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