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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 will count towards the A level qualification as per the percentages below.

How will you be assessed?

Externally assessed in Year 12 with an oral examination and 1 written paper.  In year 13 there is an additional oral and 2 written papers.

What is the outline content over 2 years?

  • AS Component 1: Speaking 12% – 12-15 minutes + 15 minutes preparation
  • AS Component 2: Listening, Reading, Translation and Critical Response in writing 28% – 2 hours 30 mins
  • A Level Component 1: Speaking 18% – 11-12 minutes  
  • A Level Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation 30% – 2 hours
  • A Level Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing (closed book) 12% – 1 hour 30 mins

Year 12 – Film plus topics


  • Volver

Sub-theme: Being a young person in Spain

  • Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships/relationships
  • Youth trends, issues and personal identity 
  • Educational and employment opportunities

Sub-theme: Understanding the Spanish-speaking world

  • Regional culture and heritage in Spain, Spanish-speaking countries and communities 
  • Literature, art, film and music in the Spanish-speaking world

Year 13 – Literature and topics


  • Esquivel: Como agua para chocolate

Theme: Diversity and difference


  • Migration and integration
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation
  • Reasons for marginalisation;
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference 
  •  Discrimination and diversity

Theme: The two Spains: 1936 onwards


  • El franquismo - origins, development and consequences
  • Post-Civil War Spain - historical and political repercussions
  • The Spanish Civil War and the Transition to Democracy
  • Spain - coming to terms with the past
  • “Recuperación de la memoria histórica”