Spanish A Level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code SP1
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The increasing globalization of today’s society means that there are more opportunities than ever for people who speak a foreign language. Not only will you enhance your linguistic skills, you will also develop your knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of the countries where Spanish is spoken. As part of the course you will also study a Spanish novel and a Spanish-language film. The critical thinking skills that you will practise during this your Spanish A Level will complement those needed for other subject disciplines such as English Literature, Geography, Film Studies and Social and Cultural Anthropology.


Theme 1: The Evolution of Spanish Society

Changes in the structure of the family

The world of work

The impact of tourism in Spain

Theme 2: The Political and Artistic Culture of the Spanish-Speaking World


Media and communication

Festivals and traditions

Theme 3: Immigration and Multiculturalism in Spanish Society

The positive impact of immigration

The challenges of immigration and integration in Spain

The public and social reaction towards immigration in Spain

Theme 4: Dictatorship and Transition to Democracy

The Civil War and the rise of Franco (1936-1939)

The dictatorship of Franco

The transition from dictatorship to democracy

In addition we will study the novel “Requiém por un Campesino Español” and the film “El Laberinto del Fauno”.

How will it be delivered?

Assessment is conducted at the end of the course through three exams.

Paper 1 (40%): Listening, reading and translation into English.

Paper 2 (30%): Written response to works of literature/ film and translation into Spanish.

Paper 3 (30%): Speaking. Discussion of course themes and independent research presentation.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A good pass (grade 5) in Spanish. 

Your next steps...

A qualification in MFL will open up a world of global opportunities! Students with an A level in Spanish have many routes of progression. A variety of jobs and apprenticeships are available in the travel and tourism industry as well as the hospitality industry (e.g. cabin crew/ chefs) and employers look favourably on candidates with good communication skills and linguistic ability. An A level in Spanish would be evidence that you are ready to study an accelerated programme in another language at university (e.g. Russian/ Mandarin Chinese). Many students choose to do a university course with joint honours: Spanish combines very well with other subjects such as politics, international development, business studies and law to name a few!