GSO Test

Spanish A Level

Awarding Body


Assessment Structure

100% examination (at the end of the course)
Paper 1 - Listening and Reading comprehension
Paper 2 - Translation and essay writing
Paper 3 - Speaking test

Minimum entry requirement

  • NBP16C level 3 entry requirements
  • GCSE (6) in Spanish
  • If you do not have a relevant GCSE qualification but have a high level of proficiency in the language a 1:1 review can be carried out with the head of department to assess your suitability.

Why should I study this course?

There are 400 million Spanish speakers in the world with 20 countries apart from Spain that have Spanish as their official language. Being able to communicate in another language is a life skill which opens doors and will expand your horizons - literally taking you places and providing you with new exciting opportunities.

What will I learn?

Spanish language and grammar through the study of different aspects of Hispanic society including modern and traditional values, equality, cyberspace, Spanish regional identity and cultural heritage, multiculturalism, immigration, racism, integration, politics, monarchies and dictatorships and popular movements.

You will also explore artistic culture  including the study of the film ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ by Guillermo del Toro and the play ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ by Lorca

How will I learn?

Classwork consists of a mixture of teacher led activities alongside individual and group work such as discussion and presentations

9 hours of lessons per fortnight + 2 hours with a Spanish Assistant

Homework consists of a variety of tasks - listening and reading comprehension, essay writing, vocab learning, collaborative working for presentations etc

Digital resources are available for practice, course content and further study

Regular mock papers and exam style tasks are completed in order to develop strategies for success

Cultural Exchange to Madrid for full immersion in Spanish language and Culture

What can I do with my qualification?

The majority of our students leave school to continue their language learning at university. There are many courses that offer languages as joint honours degrees, ie combining more than one language or alongside another subject such as law, politics or business for example.  Being able to communicate in a second language can increase your chances of employment by making you a global candidate. There are also endless exciting possibilities to travel with languages, exploring the world and making the most of opportunities as you go!

What do students say?

“Doing a language for A level is totally different to other subjects - it’s fun,   creative and exciting”

“The exchange to Spain changed my life!  I now have Spanish family too!”