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Upton Hall School

Inspiring Young People

Spanish

Course Overview

If you are fascinated by Spanish and its differences from English, then this course is for you. Through listening, reading, speaking and writing the language you will gain awareness and understanding of the cultural, social, commercial and political background of the countries where Spanish is spoken. 

We enable students to build on the skills acquired at GCSE and to develop an understanding of the grammar of Spanish. Languages are demanding at this level but will definitely enhance employment prospects and will facilitate opportunities to travel abroad. 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a grade 6 in Spanish GCSE is required for A Level Spanish. 

A Level Topics and Assessment

1. Being a young person in a Spanish society

2. Understanding the Spanish speaking world

3. Diversity and difference

4. The two Spains: 1936 onwards

5. Prescribed works:

Twelve works are available for study at A Level:Six literary works, and six films.

Candidates are required to study two works; one of which must be a literary work.

WJEC (Eduqas) Exam

Unit 1: Speaking Test

Unit 2: Listening, Reading and Translation

Unit 2: Speaking Test 

Length 

21-23 minutes

Written Exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Written Exam: 2 Hours

Weighting 

60 marks 

30% of A Level

100 marks 

50% of A Level

40 marks 

20% of A Level

Beyond the Classroom and Future Prospects

Language study contributes to a broad general education and gives you invaluable practical and transferable skills for the future. You may choose to specialise in Spanish at university or combine Spanish with other subjects such as Engineering or History. In most careers language abilities are highly valued. Recent A Level linguists have gone on to take, among other subjects: Business Studies, European Studies, International or European Law.

Student Experience

I enjoyed Spanish because of the many opportunities that it gives you to explore culture and language, as well as the chance to go on an exchange and to appreciate Spanish literature and films.

Leah, who completed A Level Spanish in 2017.