Students will study technological and social change, looking at the multicultural nature of Hispanic society. Students will look at highlights of Hispanic artistic culture, including a focus on Spanish regional identity and the cultural heritage of past civilisations, the political landscape of the Hispanic world and the influence of the past on present-day communities.

Throughout the course, students learn the language in the context of Hispanic countries alongside the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students will study texts and film and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

Why study Spanish?

Spanish at A level will help to enrich the knowledge of those who already had a passion for the subject at GCSE. Being able to speak Spanish brings many academic benefits - given the rich artistic and literary history of the language, studying this Spanish A level course will enhance any further study in arts-based subjects.



Awarding body


Entry requirements

Pass in English and maths, 5 or more grades at 5+ (this can include English and maths), grade 6 or higher in Spanish.

Year 12

In Year 12 students study aspects of Hispanic Society and artistic culture in the Hispanic World. This covers modern and traditional values, cyberspace and equal rights. As well as modern-day idols, Spanish regional identity and cultural heritage. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about travel looking at pre-Hispanic civilisations such as Macha Picchu, la Alhambra, Art and Architecture and music.

Year 13

In Year 13 students look into multiculturalism in Hispanic society and political life in Hispanic society. This includes some key debates that are present at the media at the moment like immigration, racism, anti-racism legislation, integration and the coexistence of cultures. We also look at the role that education and religion play in cultural clashes. When looking at political life we look at the topics of youth, monarchy and dictatorships, popular movements and key examples of social protest like EL 15-M and las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo.


This subject is assessed through 3 externally assessed examination papers taken at the end of Year 13. Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (worth 80 marks), Paper 2: Writing (worth 80 marks) and Paper 3 Speaking (worth 60 marks).

A level Spanish has opened my eyes to Hispanic culture, society, history and of course the language and has given me an enhanced awareness of the English language and other European languages from my knowledge gained during the course.
Year 13 student
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