Spanish is one of the most common languages spoken in the world today. By choosing to study A-Level Spanish, you will be able to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in Spanish for a variety of purposes. You will be able to listen and respond to a variety of spoken sources as well as read and respond to writing in a variety of styles. You will also be able to speak Spanish to express facts, ideas, explanations and opinions both verbally and in writing.
You will also develop an understanding of grammar and be able to apply this. A-Level Spanish also allows you to learn about the cultural aspects of Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries. It may be necessary that you study GCSE Spanish before commencing A-Level Spanish.
A specific arrangement of units is required for certification, made up of two AS-Level units and two A2 level units. You will study four set units for the award of A-Level Spanish. The assessment for A-Level Spanish is by role-play, topic discussion and exam.
Over the course, you will undergo at least 360 guided learning hours over a two-year period. These guided learning hours are levels set by the government on how much time the tutor at your sixth form or college has to be present to give guidance (such as lectures, tutorials etc.) towards your award.
- OCR AS-Level Spanish
The two core units for AS-Level Spanish are Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. While studying in these units, you will learn about a variety of topics, such as daily living, leisure and entertainment, communication, media, education and training.
- AQA AS-Level Spanish
The two units of Listening, Reading and Writing and Speaking Test will allow you to develop your knowledge of Spanish over a variety of topics that include the media, popular culture, healthy living, lifestyles, family, relationships and popular culture.
- Edexcel AS-Level Spanish
There are two units for the AS-Level, Spoken Expression and Response in Spanish and Understanding and Written Response in Spanish. You will be able to converse in Spanish as well as read and respond to writings in a number of topics including youth culture and concerns, lifestyle, education, employment and the world around us.
- WJEC AS-Level Spanish
In the first unit, Oral in Spanish and the second unit, Listening, Reading and Writing in Spanish, you will demonstrate that you are able to respond appropriately to both spoken and written Spanish. You will focus on individuals, society, leisure, and lifestyles.
- University of Cambridge International Examinations AS-Level Spanish
The two units are the Speaking Test and the Reading and Writing. These will allow you to learn about a variety of topics, such as human relationships, the media, free time activities, cultural heritage, law and order, equality of opportunity and many others.
There are also other Spanish options available from this exam board. You may also choose to study AS-Level Spanish – Language that will allow you to become fluent, accurate and confident in Spanish. There is also the opportunity to study AS-Level Spanish – Literature, which will give you the opportunity to study Spanish literature including books, poems and plays in detail. If Spanish is your first language, then you may wish to study AS-Level Spanish – First Language.
- CCEA AS-Level Spanish
In the first AS unit, Speaking and the second unit, Listening, Reading and Writing, you will learn about relationships, health, lifestyle and young people in society.
The A2 Spanish is the equivalent of the second year of study of A-Level Spanish. This is not a separate award. The A2–Level Spanish with the AS-Level Spanish makes up the A-Level Spanish. A2-Level Spanish will further develop your knowledge from AS-Level Spanish.
- OCR A2 Spanish
The A2 units are Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing and both of these will continue to develop your Spanish reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. You will learn about society, environment, science, technology, and culture.
- AQA A2 Spanish
Your Spanish knowledge and skills will develop in the two units, Listening, Reading and Writing and Speaking. You will learn about a variety of topics such as the environment, contemporary social issues and the multicultural society. You will also study a cultural topic, such as history or literature.
- Edexcel A2 Spanish
In the unit Understanding and Spoken Response in Spanish, you are able to demonstrate reading, speaking and writing skills around an issue of your own choice. In Research, Understanding and Written Response in Spanish you will produce an essay as well as research a topic relating to the Spanish-culture. Topics that you will learn about include customs, traditions, beliefs and religions, events and literature and the arts.
- WJEC A2 Spanish
You will build on your AS knowledge in the A2 units, Oral in Spanish and Listening, Reading and Writing in Spanish. Both of these will allow you to demonstrate your language skills in responding to both spoken and written Spanish. You will learn about environmental issues as well as social and political issues.
- University of Cambridge International Examinations A2 Spanish
The A2 will continue to build on your AS knowledge and skills in the Speaking Test and the Reading and Writing units. As with the AS, you will learn about a wide variety of topics.
- CCEA A2 Spanish
In the Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing units, you will develop your AS speaking, reading and writing skills around topics such as local and global citizenship and environmental awareness.
A-Level Spanish Exam Board Information
- The specification for AQA AS-Level and A-Level Spanish is available on their website.
- The specification for OCR AS and A-Level Spanish is available here.
- The Edexcel AS and A-Level Spanish specification is available here.
- The WJEC A-Level is available from WJEC.
- The relevant year syllabus for Cambridge International AS and A-Level Spanish is available here.
- The CCEA A-Level Spanish specification is available on the CCEA website.
Many students choose to study A-Level Spanish so that they can study Spanish, or courses such as Hispanic Studies at university. There are also a number of universities offering joint Honours degrees, such as Economics and Spanish or Education and Spanish. A number of students may also choose to study other modern foreign languages alongside, such as French.
Some students may wish to live and work in Spain, or one of the many other-Spanish speaking countries and A-Level Spanish is also a popular choice for those who wish to work in the tourism industry. Other career opportunities include translation, linguistics and teaching.
Other Useful Information
- Edexcel have a number of past papers for AS-Level and A-Level Spanish available here.
- There are past papers available on the AQA website.
- WJEC offer past papers on their website.
- There are past question papers available for the University of Cambridge International Examinations AS-Level Spanish.
- OCR past papers for A-Level Spanish are available on their website.
- There is a selection of CCEA past papers for A-Level Spanish available on the CCEA website.
- There is a selection of A-Level Spanish resources here.
- This site offers a number of links for Spanish revision.