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Spanish A Level

SPANISH A LEVEL - This subject has been withdrawn

Exam board: AQA

Why study this subject: 

This subject will appeal to students who want to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in Spanish through both the spoken and the written word whilst studying relevant, topical and cultural themes.  Students will also develop their cultural awareness and critical understanding of at least one Spanish literary work or film.


Social issues and trends - Aspects of the Hispanic society
  -     Modern and traditional values: Changes in the family,  Attitudes towards marriage and divorce,  The influence of the Catholic Church


The influence of the Internet, Social media: benefits and dangers, Smart mobile phones in our society

Equal rights (Gender equality):

Women in the job market, Male chauvinism and feminism, LGBT rights

Social issues and trends - Multiculturalism in the Hispanic society

-       Immigration: Benefits and negative aspects, Immigration in the Hispanic world, Immigrants without papers

Racism Racist behaviours and xenophobia, Measures against racism, Anti-racist legislation

Integration: The coexistence of different cultures, Education, Religion

Political and artistic culture - Artistic culture in the Hispanic world

Modern day idols: Singers, musicians, Television/movie stars, Fashion models

 Spanish regional identity: Traditions and customs, Food, Languages,

Cultural heritage: Touristic sites and prehispanic civilisations: Machu Picchu, la Alhambra, etc, Art and architecture, Music heritage

Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world

-       Today's youth, tomorrow's citizens: young people’s attitude towards politics: activism and apathy, youth unemployment, The ideal society

 Monarchy and Dictatorships: Franco’s dictatorship, The evolution of the mornarchy in Spain, Latin-American dictatorships

  Popular Movements: Demonstrations and strikes, The power of the unions, Examples of social protest (the 15-M, the mothers of the plaza de Mayo)


How will I be assessed:

There will be 3 components to the examination taken at the end of the second year.

Speaking  (2 tasks)  - 30% of qualification Listening,  reading,  short translation into English and short  translation into Spanish – 50 % of qualification. Writing on a film and/or literary work which has been studied during the course – 20 % of qualification

Future course and possible careers: 

After an A level in Spanish, you can choose to study it at university or as part of a combined degree for instance with law, business or history.  Even if you don’t go on to study your chosen language at university, an  A level language qualification will give you an edge when applying through UCAS and will also be an advantage when seeking employment in fields such as business, law, education, travel and tourism, fashion, journalism, governmental and international positions, etc.