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Why study this subject?

  • To build on previous study of Spanish
  • To develop linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries/communities where the language is spoken
  • To study literature and film in order to undertake a deeper analysis of language structures and cultural awareness
  • To build confidence and fluency in spoken Spanish
  • To research an area of personal interest related to the country/communities where Spanish is spoken
  • To gain a greater awareness of intercultural differences

Which Examination Board?


Does the AS count towards the A Level or is it a standalone qualification?

The AS is a standalone qualification. It does not count towards the A Level. You can opt into the AS qualification if you choose to drop this subject at the end of Year 12.

How will you be assessed?

Externally assessed oral examination and 2 written papers.

What is the outline content over 2 years?

  • AS Component 1: Speaking 30% – 12-14 minutes + 15 minutes preparation
  • AS Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation 50% – 2 hours
  • AS Component 3: Critical response in writing (closed book) 20% – 1 hour 15 minutes (essay on 1 piece of literature or 1 film)
  • A Level Component 1: Speaking 30% – 21-23 minutes + 5 minutes preparation
  • A Level Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation 50% – 2 hours 30 minutes
  • A Level Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing (closed book) 20% – 2 hours (2 essays on 1 piece of literature and 1 film)

Year 12 – Film plus topics


  • El laberinto del fauno

Sub-theme: Youth trends and personal identity

  • Trends in fashion;
  • How young people respond to modern technology;
  • Relationships with others and peer pressure.

Sub-theme: Education and employment opportunities

  • The education system and student issues;
  • Work and travel opportunities and the changing work scene.

Sub-theme: Media, art, film and music in the-Spanish speaking world

  • Trends in media and art;
  • Film and music in the lives of young people.

Year 13 – Literature and topics


  • Esquivel: Como agua para chocolate

Theme: Diversity and difference


  • Migration and integration
  • Reasons for migration;
  • factors which make migration/integration easy/difficult 
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation
  • Reasons for marginalisation;
  • ways to eliminate marginalisation
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference 
  • The positive aspects of a diverse society
  •  Discrimination and diversity
  • Life for those who are discriminated against

Theme: The two Spains: 1936 onwards.


  • El franquismo
  • Origins, development and consequences
  • Post-Civil War Spain- historical and political repercussions
  • Control, repression and daily life in Franco’s Spain
  • Spain - coming to terms with the past?
  • “Recuperación de la memoria histórica”;
  • attempts to deal with the past;
  • ‘los desaparecidos’, 
  • removing the symbols of Franco’s Spain