Spanish A level AQA

Course entry requirements: Grade 6 or above at GCSE. We also recommend that you will have achieved a Grade 5 or above in English. This is an important requirement due to the literary content of this new course.

This course will develop skills in a variety of ways.  You will increase your knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world in terms of its cultural, literary and social context.  You will learn to be accurate (through the study of grammar) and articulate (through the learning of extensive new vocabulary).  You will be discussing and presenting complex facts, ideas and opinions in both written and spoken form.  You will develop a good understanding of the language and will manipulate it to become an independent, confident linguist.


Content: This is likely to include the following topics and themes

Current trends and issues in the Spanish-speaking world: (e.g. family, stereotypes, equality, communication technology, law and order, education and work)

Artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world: (e.g. media, television, film and music, festivals and traditions)

Aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world: (e.g. political systems and impact of politics on the individual and society)

Works: Literary texts and films as per the list prescribed by the exam board.

Individual research project: based on an aspect of Spanish-speaking society (for the speaking exam)


There will be 3 exam papers:

  1. Listening, reading and writing/translation paper (worth 40% of the overall grade)
  2. Writing (worth 30% of the overall grade) essay writing in Spanish based on literary texts and films studied and translation.
  3. Speaking (worth 30% of the overall grade)


A successful student of A level languages would be fully prepared to study BA in Modern Languages at university.  This may be the one(s) you have studied to A level or perhaps a new one, such as Arabic, Russian or Mandarin.  Doing a languages degree gives you the fantastic opportunity to spend up to a year abroad in order to really hone your linguistic skills and to gain a deeper understanding of the culture.  Alternatively, you may wish to specialise in another subject after A levels.  Taking subsidiary modules in a language will complement any degree subject from the sciences, to humanities to the arts.  Studying a foreign language to either A level or degree level can lead to so many varied and perhaps surprising career opportunities.  The most obvious language specific careers are interpreting, translation and teaching.  However, employers from so many more fields are seeking employees who are able to demonstrate good linguistic skills in their daily work.  Examples are as follows:

  • Media and publishing
  • Business, consulting and management (working with international clients and managing global business connections)
  • Marketing, advertising and PR
  • Public service