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Blessed George Napier Catholic School and Sixth Form Youth Sport Trust Lead School

Blessed George Napier
Catholic School and Sixth Form
Youth Sport Trust Lead School

Part of the Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Company




Year 12

Year 13

Did you know Spain was a Fascist dictatorship until 1975?  Do you like Spanish music or cinema?  Did you know that tourism accounts for 12% of Spain’s economy? These are some of the things that you will learn about in A Level Spanish.


This is a 2 year linear course assessed at the end of Year 13.


Theme 1: The Evolution of Spanish Society.

Theme 2: Political and artistic culture in Spanish speaking countries.



Theme 3:   Immigration and Spanish multicultural society.

Theme 4: The Francoist dictatorship and the transition to democracy.


Paper 1: (1 hour and 50 minutes) (40%)

Listening, reading and translation into English


Paper 2: (2 hours and 40 minutes) (30%)

  1. Translation into Spanish.
  2. Essay on the novel ‘Como agua para chocolate’ by Laura Esquivel.
  3. Essay on the film, ‘Mar Adentro’.


Paper 3: Speaking test (21 – 23 minutes) (30%)

Task 1:  Students discuss one theme from the four listed    above.

Task 2:  Students present and discuss a topic they have independently researched.


Links Well With: 

Spanish links well with any A level as it is a subject that gives you skills to operate in any field, including Maths and Science.  From a linguistic perspective, it links well with English and French. However, languages also provide an insight into another culture and society; the course content links well to subjects such as Art, Geography, History, Music, Philosophy and Ethics and Sociology.

Progression Routes:                        

Students can go on to study Spanish at university with the focus on a range of specialisms.  Many universities also offer courses where you can study a language as an additional unit or module to your main subject and even offer study or work placements abroad. Speaking a language opens the door to the whole spectrum of employment possibilities.

Entry Requirements:   

GCSE Grade 6 Spanish.