Course type: A level & Applied • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel
The topics studied in year one of the course include a range of social issues and trends such as changes to family life in Spain, education and the impact of tourism. You will also study aspects of the political and artistic culture. Topics include different festivals and traditions, music and media. In the second year of the course you will learn about immigration and you will also cover ‘The Two Spains: 1936 onwards’. You will study a set film and book which will be assessed through a target language essay and there will be an independent research project assessed within the Speaking exam.
You will have three examinations:
Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (40%)
Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (30%)
Paper 3: Speaking (30%)
With a Spanish A Level qualification you can study the language at University as a subject in itself or joined to another subject of your choice. You can also follow different career paths, such as: Translator, Interpreter, Teacher, Journalist and Bilingual Secretary. You can also work in a variety of sectors like Business, Finance, Tourism, Media, Retail and many others.
To qualify to study 3 A level/ Applied subjects, you will need to achieve 6 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, preferably including English Language or Maths at grade 4 or above.
In addition/ within those 6 GCSEs, for this subject you will need to achieve Grade 6 in Spanish. Native speakers to be interviewed by Head of Department if they do not have a GCSE qualification in Spanish.