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Spanish AS/A Level at Alec Reed Academy

Course description

A-level Spanish helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in Spanish and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context. 

Course content

It will support the development of a lasting appreciation of language and learning; the ability to comprehend Spanish in a wide range of contexts; the ability to communicate readily in Spanish for a variety of purposes; a useful knowledge of, and insights into, past and contemporary Spanish-speaking culture; valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment.

This four-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to write and speak in Spanish with accurate grammar and syntax for a range of purposes and to understand written or spoken Spanish in a variety of contexts and genres.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C including GCSE B in Spanish History and Minimum grade 5 in English Language


This A-level requires students to complete all four units; 2 units at AS level and a further 2 units at A2 level. The new AS Level qualifications won’t count towards the final grade of an Advanced Level, but will be separate, stand-alone qualifications in their own right. 

Unit 1 Spanish (SPAN1)

2 hours 

Listening , Reading and Writing

70% of the total AS marks

35% of the total A Level marks

Unit 2 Spanish (SPA2T/V)

35 minutes (inc.20 minutes prep time)


30% of the total AS marks

15%of the total A Level marks

Unit 3 Spanish (SPAN3)

2 hours 30 minutes Listening, Reading and Writing

35% of the total A level marks

Unit 4 Spanish (SPA4T-V)

35 minutes (inc.20 mintues prep time)

Listening, Reading and Writing

15% of the total A level marks

Future opportunities

Studying Spanish at the A ‘level can open up opportunities in further education courses and careers in several fields. Almost twothirds of modern languages graduates enter employment within six months of graduation. Popular areas of work include translating, writing, advertising and marketing, personnel and HR, sales accounts and business development management, business sales, and finance and investment analysis and advice.

Just under a quarter of modern language graduates go on to further study or combine work with further study. Some specialise in a particular area of language, such as translation or interpreting, while others take the opportunity to broaden their options and move into other career areas.

There are also opportunities in Alec Reed Academy to discover things that you never knew before through extra-curricular activities like visits to the theatre, cinema, or even to Spain to put your language into practise. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alec Reed Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 December 2016

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