Aims of the course

  • To provide learners with the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world through authentic texts, and cinema and literary works in Spanish.
  • To develop high level skills in comprehension of both spoken and written Spanish.
  • To develop fluency in oral communication regarding a wide range of topics relevant to Spanish-speaking culture and society.
  • To develop transferable skills such as communication, creativity, research skills, critical-thinking, adaptability, problem-solving, and open-mindedness.
  • To prepare students for employment or further study, including a Modern Languages degree.

Course content

Students study the following sub-themes relevant to current Spanish society and culture:

  • Aspects of Hispanic society
    • Modern and traditional values (Los valores tradicionales y modernos)
    • Cyberspace (El ciberespacio)
    • Equal rights (La igualdad de los sexos)
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
    • Modern day idols (La influencia de los ídolos)
    • Spanish regional identity (La identidad regional en España)
    • Cultural heritage (El patrimonio cultural)
  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
    • Immigration (La inmigración)
    • Racism (El racismo)
    • Integration (La convivencia)
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
    • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens (Jóvenes de hoy, ciudadanos del mañana)
    • Monarchies and dictatorships (Monarquías y dictaduras)
    • Popular movements (Movimientos populares)
  • An independent research topic for the speaking exam.
  • One book plus a film or a second book from a set list.


Examination Weighing Length of time Assessment
Paper 1 40% 1 hour 45 mins Listening, Reading, Translation into English
Paper 2 30% 1 hour 15 mins Translation into Spanish, Essay on set film/book
Paper 3 30% 12-14 mins (plus 15 mins for preparation) Speaking

A level is a two-year linear course. All exams take place at the end of year 2.

Examination Weighting Length of time Assessment
Paper 1 40% 2 hours 30 mins Listening, Reading, Translation
Paper 2 30% 2 hours Essays on set film/book(s)
Paper 3 30% 21-23 mins (incl. 5 mins for preparation) Speaking

3. Discussion of a sub theme

4. Discussion of individual research project

Grades are awarded from A*-E

Career Opportunities

Spanish is a leading European and world language.  It is a vibrant and exciting language which could increase job prospects in view of the expanding opportunities to work in Europe and beyond in various sectors of employment.

Jobs directly related to Spanish include:

  • Interpreter
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Translator

Jobs where a language would be useful include:

  • Broadcast journalist
  • Detective
  • Diplomatic service officer
  • International aid/development worker
  • Logistics and distribution manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Sales executive
  • Tour manager

Students follow a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course which will provide them with the necessary foundation either to continue with the study of Spanish as a main subject or as a useful adjunct to some other subject at university.