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Exam Board and Specification Codes: AQA (7692) 

Spoken in more than 23 countries, Spanish is the world’s third most-spoken language after Mandarin Chinese and English, making it an asset to any professional profile.

Whether students aspire to develop their professional skills on the stock market, in business, as an artist, or simply for travel purposes, Spanish can provide solid support. Learning a language broadens the mind and encourages approaching different cultural traditions, lifestyles and ways of thought with an open mind as well as promoting good communication skills. 

What is covered by the course? 

Component 1 - Aspects of Hispanic society 

In this component, students explore topics such as; 

  • Modern and traditional values 
  • Cyberspace 
  • Equal rights

Component 2 - Multiculturalism in Hispanic society 

Students explore these topics; 

  • Immigration 
  • Racism 
  • Integration 

Component 3 - Artistic culture in the Hispanic world 

Students explore these topics; 

  • Modern day idols 
  • Spanish regional identity 
  • Cultural heritage 

Component 4 - Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world 

This component consists of these topics; 

  • Today's youth, tomorrow's citizens 
  • Monarchies and dictatorships 
  • Popular movements 

How is it examined? 

Paper 1 - Listening, reading and writing/translation into English (2 hours 30 minutes) 

  • 50% of the total A-Level 

Paper 2 - Speaking (21 - 23 minutes) 

  • 30% of the total A-Level 
  • A discussion of a sub-theme based on a stimulus card (5-6 minutes) 
  • A presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9-10 minutes) of individual research project 

Paper 3 - Writing (2 hours) 

  • In the writing exam, students will write two essays: one essay about a book we have studied (probably ‘Como agua para chocolate’ by Laura Esquivel) and one essay about a film (‘El Laberinto del Fauno’ by Guillermo del Toro) 
  • 20% of the total A-Level (10% per essay) 

Related university courses & careers? 

Spanish A-Level can lead to studying Spanish or Hispanic Studies at university on either a single subject degree course or as part of a combined honours degree course. The Spanish language might be used either as a primary focus of employment, e.g. interpreter, professional translator, teacher or lecturer, or as a secondary skill supporting employment in a loosely related career, e.g. in the Foreign Service, in commercial employment involving Spanish activities, in international business, in press and media, in public relations and administration, in international development, in finance or the arts.

Employers value foreign language abilities, not just as a linguistic skill, but also as a transferable skill that develops teamwork, relationship building and the capacity to move easily in international contexts.

Suggested literature & resources 


‘La casa de Bernarda Alba’ by Federico García Lorca
‘Crónica de una muerte anunciada’ by Gabriel García Márquez
‘Como agua para chocolate’ by Laura Esquivel
‘Réquiem por un campesino español’ by Ramón J. Sender
‘La sombra del viento’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
‘La casa de los espíritus’ by Isabel Allende
‘Rimas’ by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
‘Las bicicletas son para el verano’ by Fernando Fernán-Gómez
‘El otro árbol de Guernica’ by Luis de Castresana
‘El coronel no tiene quien le escriba’ by Gabriel García Márquez 


‘El laberinto del fauno’ by Guillermo del Toro (2006)
‘Ocho apellidos vascos’ by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2014)
‘María, llena eres de gracia’ by Joshua Marston (2004)
‘Volver’ by Pedro Almodóvar (2006)
‘Abel’ by Diego Luna (2010)
‘Las 13 rosas’ by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro (2007) 

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