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St Peter's 13-18


SpanishThe Course

Learning another language opens one's mind to new ideas and new ways of looking at the world.   Speaking more than one language is a skill, which is highly valued by universities and employers.

The course builds on the skills gained at GCSE and focuses on language, culture and society.   It fosters a range of skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity.  Pupils will develop their understanding in lessons using teaching and learning materials, produced in consultation with the exam board, along with a range of other authentic materials such as newspaper and internet articles, radio and TV broadcasts and video clips. Pupils also benefit from one to one speaking lessons with the Spanish assistant.

There are four main topic areas for study during the two year course:

  • Aspects of Hispanic Society (modern and traditional values, cyberspace and equal rights)
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world (modern day idols, Spanish regional identity, cultural heritage)
  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society (immigration, racism and integration)
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world (today’s youth, monarchies and dictatorships, popular movements)

In addition, pupils will study one film (Volver by Pedro Alomodóvar) and one text (Réquiem por un campesino español by Ramón J Sender).  They will also work on an independent research project, on a topic of their choice, which they will speak about in their oral exam. 


  • Paper 1 - 2 hours 30 mins                 
    Listening, reading and writing 50%
    Translation into English and into Spanish
  • Paper 2 - 2 hours                                
    Written response to text and film 20%
  • Paper 3 - 21-23 mins                         
    Speaking 30%

Examination Board: AQA

Pupils should have received a GCSE or IGCSE grade 9 to 6.  A modern language can be studied with another academic subject.

Additional Notes

There may be an opportunity to visit Spain during the course. We have run numerous study visits to Salamanca.  There may also be the opportunity for students in the Fifth Form, who intend to continue with the language, to apply for an award to help with a study trip to a Spanish speaking country in order to improve their knowledge of the language and culture.