What is Spanish?

Spanish is the third most widely spoken language, and the countries in which it is spoken include an incredible variety of cultures. Studying A-Level Spanish provides a fantastic opportunity to improve your linguistic skills and learn about Spain and Latin America. It is ideal for students who have a passion for languages or who want to enrich their main area of study with a second language.

During the A-Level course in Spanish, you will explore social issues and trends as well as political and intellectual life in the Spanish-speaking countries. All our courses in Spanish are taught in the target language by experienced native teachers who are passionate about their subject and promote full immersion, allowing students to quickly develop their communication skills.

How is it studied?

AQA  A-Level Spanish is taught within the two-year programme.

Throughout their studies, students will learn the language in the context of Hispanic countries, and focus on the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study technological and social change, looking at the multicultural nature of Hispanic society, and learning about the diverse political landscape of the Hispanic world. They will study highlights of Hispanic artistic culture, including a focus on Spanish regional identity and the cultural heritage of past civilisations. To succeed in their exams, students will need to be exposed to the language at all times, and to engage in a wide variety of activities aimed at the development of skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Students must study either one text and one film, or two texts. There are a variety of contemporary and classical Spanish titles on offer, including authors such as Lorca, Márquez and Allende, and directors such Almodóvar and del Toro.

How is A-Level Spanish assessed?


Paper Modules Weighting Format
1 Listening, reading and writing 50% Written exam: 2.5 hours
2 Writing 20% Written exam: 2 hours
3 Speaking 30% Oral exam: 5 minutes prep, plus 16-18 minute exam


What do I need to study it?

5 GCSEs grade 5 or above including Spanish, Maths and English or equivalent international qualifications.

For international students who have taken IELTS, we require an overall score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 for each of the reading and writing components.

For international students who have taken IGCSE English (Second Language), we require grade 5 or above.

A passion for communication and an openness to Hispanic culture is essential. You will need to think systematically to acquire grammar and vocabulary to a high standard. We have experience in working with a variety of students and we are committed to supporting every individual student acquire the necessary skills.

What should I study with Spanish?

Spanish combines well with other languages, as well as humanities.

It also complements a variety of other subjects such as Business and Economics. It will prove an excellent choice for students who are considering careers in professions or with companies that operate across the Spanish speaking world as well as for students seeking a career in diplomacy.

What can I do with A-Level Spanish?

Spanish can be studied jointly with many other subjects, and such courses often offer the opportunity of a year abroad to develop linguistic skills either in Spain or in Latin America. Students will find that career prospects are enhanced by the possession of one or more foreign languages.

Questions about the course

Can I study an A-Level in Spanish in one year?

As an A-Level retake student, yes.

Do I need a GCSE in Spanish?

Yes, at grade 5 but alternative Spanish language qualifications are acceptable in place of GCSE Spanish.