A Level Spanish

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French A Level

Spanish A Level

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Course Entry Requirements

Minimum of Grade 6 at GCSE French or Spanish

Why study French or Spanish?

Asides from the excellent teaching you’ll receive to support you to be a global communicator, the breadth of enrichment offered alongside our A Level language courses are inspiring and enhance students’ understanding of the culture they are learning about outside the classroom. Our enrichment includes trips to the following:

  • British Film Institute Southbank - Workshop Study Day (French and Spanish).
  • Institute of Education (UCL) A Level Languages Study Day (French and Spanish).
  • Visit to Institut Français in London.
  • Visit to Instituto Cervantes in London.
  • Supporting / mentoring languages students at GCSE (French and Spanish).
  • Visit to Spain (Madrid) and France (if viable)

Course Content



Year One of the A Level course:

  • Aspects of Francophone / Hispanic society:
    Modern and traditional values
    Equal rights
    Artistic Culture in the Francophone / Hispanic world:
    Modern day idols
    Francophone, Hispanic regional identity
    Cultural heritage or cultural landscape

You will also study a French / Spanish language film in the first year.

Year Two of the A Level course:

You will build on the topics studied in Year One and study new topics.

  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic and Francophone society:
    Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world:
    Monarchies, republics and dictatorships
    Popular movements

You will study a book, (French / Latin-American or Spanish author) in the second year.

  • Individual research project as part of the Speaking Exam.
  • Students must identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where Spanish is spoken. They must select relevant information in Spanish from a range of sources including the internet. The aim of the research project is to develop research skills. Students will demonstrate their ability to initiate and conduct individual research by analysing and summarising their findings, in order to present and discuss them in the speaking assessments part of the Speaking Exam

Where could this course lead to?

You can study modern languages either as a single honours degree or alongside another subject as a joint honours degree. Common joint honours choices often remain within the humanities, including subjects such as politics, history and literature, but modern languages can also be combined with subjects such as chemistry or mathematics, for those wishing to keep their options as broad as possible.

In today’s global world language skills are in demand and can be used in almost any career, particularly in businesses that trade internationally. Modern language degrees have long been in demand across many sectors of business and industry, in roles that extend well beyond interpretation and translation to encompass all elements of business transaction, international cooperation and politics. You can combine a language with almost any degree.

What can I do with a Modern Foreign Language degree?


What Languages graduates work on? https://www.hecsu.ac.uk/assets/assets/documents/Humanities.pdf



Suggested Reading and resources



Reading and listening skills are important to progress and mainly to have a soft landing on to the A Level course.

It’s important to listen to and read French / Spanish even if you don’t understand everything.

  • Read the French and Hispanic press:
  • (for young people), www. rtve.es (TV programmes and written news)
  • French newspapers to choose from according to your level TV5 Monde, https://savoirs.rfi (audios and podcasts)
  • Listen to French and Spanish music while reading the lyrics.
  • Watch French and Spanish speaking films with subtitles (i.e. on Netflix)

What our students say about studying French/Spanish


“Spanish gives me a break from my other demanding A-Levels as you get to know about another culture while learning a new skill that is proved to be very useful in any occupation you want to do in the future. To universities you look quite unique as not many people do languages at A-Level, and it is a real asset you can offer your employers. Teachers here are amazing; you get lots of support so you are practically guaranteed to do well in the subject”    Y12 student.

“Spanish is a subject that for me opens up lots of opportunities. I see it as a beautiful language and to learn it at school as an A-Level is remarkable. With the help of our very supportive teachers, languages seem to be learnt with ease. The A-Level consists of learning about the vibrant Hispanic culture, focusing on modern day topics about today’s society, being able to build up your vocabulary and grammar from GCSE. Dazzle the world with a second language and come and learn Spanish at Seven Kings!”    Y12 student.

“Regardless of whether you want to go into medicine or fashion, learning a language is not only important and beneficial, but interesting as well as fulfilling. The sole purpose of learning a language is not only to communicate with others but also to delve into other cultures and reflect on our own. Knowing you can understand another language gives you a sense of self satisfaction, found nowhere else.”   Y13 student