Spanish A Level
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
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
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.
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%