Head of Department: Mrs Maria Cascon-Soriano

Spanish is spoken by around 400 million people and is fast becoming one of the most spoken languages in the world. Experts predict that during the next century Spanish will overtake English as the most widely used language in the USA.

Through the study of Spanish you will gain an insight into another culture. You will develop the confidence to express your ideas in a wider variety of social situations as you gather vocabulary and master grammatical structures. You will learn communication and analytical skills that are required or highly desirable across a broad spectrum of career paths.

What do you do in Spanish?

The A Level course covers a range of social issues and cultural topics which all relate to life in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries. It builds on the topics of GCSE, but introduces new language so that you develop a thorough insight into aspects of Spanish culture.

You will develop your ability to express yourself fluently in the spoken language, carrying out an independent research project into an aspect of Spanish culture or society that is of particular interest to you, and then discussing it in depth in the oral exam. Alongside the skill to translate accurately from and into Spanish, you will extend your ability to write evidence-based, persuasive essays in Spanish, essential preparation for university study.

In Year 12 you will study topics including the impact of tourism in Spain, the media, the world of work, festivals and traditions, changing family structures, a Spanish film and music. In Year 13, the topics are immigration, integration and multiculturalism; Franco’s dictatorship and the transition to democracy; a work of Spanish Literature; independent research topic.

At the end of Year 13, Spanish A Level has three exams: a comprehension paper with listening and reading tasks; a writing paper, comprising two essays and a translation; and an oral exam.

Exam Results

Average of the A Level results in Spanish achieved by Ipswich School students over the most recent three year period (2016, 2017 and 2018)

Spanish – % A*- B = 72%