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KS5 Spanish

Sixth Form (KS5) Spanish

(Examination Board: AQA)

Learning a language at A Level is invaluable whatever your future career plans are. At university you can continue with your language alongside another subject (accounting, law, medicine, engineering…) and then spend one of your university years abroad on an Erasmus exchange – or even study South America. If you enjoy learning languages and you can successfully learn vocabulary and basic grammar, you should definitely consider pursuing a language at A Level. Students must have studied Spanish at GCSE and are usually expected to have achieved a grade ‘B’ or better.


The work is varied and interesting and will introduce you to a wide range of topics, while at the same time developing your language skills to a very high level. Spanish examines such topics as family and relationships, education, jobs and careers, the mass media, pollution, conservation, immigration, multiculturalism, health issues, transport, racism, the future of Europe and Science and Technology. You will use technology extensively to help with your language learning. You will read and understand articles and works of Spanish Literature, listen to radio broadcasts and discuss these topics with confidence, all in Spanish.

Teaching materials are mainly taken from current articles and television and radio broadcasts. You will also have a regular timetable slot with a Spanish assistant in order to concentrate specifically on conversation. With small group sizes, students find they quickly make progress. An opportunity for an exchange visit will be arranged during the course of the two years.


A qualification in a modern language carries particular prestige and proof of ability. Possible careers include teaching, bilingual secretary work, EU business and banking, translation and interpreting, conference organising and tourism management.

Languages at A-Level are taught as a two-year A-Level course. Topics covered are:

Modern & traditional values in the Spanish-speaking world

- Changing families

- Attitudes towards marriage/divorce

- The influence of the Catholic Church


- The influence of the internet

- Social Networks: benefits and dangers

- Smartphones in our society

Equal rights

- Women in the world of work

- Sexism and feminism

- Gay and transgender person rights


- Negative and positive aspects

- Immigration in the Hispanic world

- Problems with illegal immigrants


- Racist and xenophobic attitudes

- Measures against racism

- Anti-racism legislation

Integration & multicultural society

- Education

- Reglion

- The conviviality of cultures


Modern day idols

- Singers and musicians

- Stars of TV and film

- Models

Spanish regional identity

- Traditions and customs

- Gastronomy

- Languages

Cultural heritage

- Tourist sites of pre-Hispanic civilisations: Machu Picchu, la Alhambra, etc

- Art and architecture

- Musical heritage and diversity

Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens

- Youth attitudes towards politics: activism or apathy

- Youth unemployment

- Youth ideals of society

Monarchies and dictatorships

- The Franco dictatorship

- The evolution of the Spanish monarchy

- Latin-American dictatorships

Popular movements

- The effectiveness of protests and strikes

- The power of trade unions

- Examples of social protest

In addition to this a novel and a film are studied.


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