A Level Spanish

Sandbach College

Why study this course?

The Spanish language and the culture of Hispanic countries has never been so popular! The music, dance, art and history of Spain are renowned the world over and with over 350 million native speakers, it is the third most widely spoken language in the world – giving you plenty of people with which to communicate! 

As the native language of most Latin American countries and with its increasing importance in the USA, Spanish language skills are in high demand amongst businesses looking to develop their export markets. Universities appreciate the range of skills developed through the study of a language and look favourably upon applicants with an A Level in a foreign language.

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

Sandbach College at Sandbach High School Entry Requirements

We ask that all students achieve grade 4 or equivalent (a Level 2 pass) in at least 4 subjects, alongside the following subject specific entry requirements:

  • Grade 6 in GCSE Spanish

What will I learn on this course?

The course builds on the skills and knowledge you have developed at GCSE and offers you the opportunity to learn more about the culture, politics, history and modern society of the countries where Spanish is spoken. The course not only develops your linguistic knowledge, but also your communication skills, problem-solving skills, and ability to think critically.

A range of resources are used in lessons to help you develop your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as you learn more about the Hispanic world.

Year 12

  • Youth issues and trends in Spanish society
  • Political, intellectual and artistic culture
  • In-depth study of a Spanish-language film

Year 13

  • Multiculturalism and diversity in Spain
  • Aspects of political life
  • You will also study a work of literature 
  • You will complete an independent research project

Examinations & Coursework

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (50% of A Level)

Paper 2: Writing on the film and written text (30% of A Level)

Paper 3: Speaking including Individual Research Project (20% of A Level)

Potential career paths

Social Media Coordinator, International Aid Worker, Translator for The Premier League, Intelligence Officer for MI5/GCHQ, Fashion Buyer, Sky Sports Presenter, Journalist…

Languages can lead directly into careers in translation, interpreting, and education. Beyond that, languages are a highly valued skill by employers in other fields, including business, diplomacy, law, communications, healthcare, journalism, publishing, and hospitality, to name a few.

Modern Languages degrees at university typically involve spending a year abroad, which can enable students to find work experience and make contacts abroad in a variety of industries.

Enrichment opportunities

Language students have the opportunity to take part in trips including exchanges, work experience abroad, and university study days in the UK. 

Students can gain volunteering experience with younger students, assisting in lessons or lower-school clubs.