Exam Board: Edexcel

Course Content

Students will be assessed by three exams, and they will focus on varied aspects of the Spanish language which will be covered during the course and in preparation for the three parts of the assessment.


Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation


Students will be assessed on their understanding of spoken and written Spanish from a variety of types of authentic texts and listening material, as well as their ability to translate accurately from Spanish into English. Texts and recordings vary in length to include some extended passages. All spoken and written materials are culturally relevant to Spain and Spanish-speaking countries and are drawn from the four main themes.


Students should be able to:

● understand main points, gist and detail from spoken and written material

● infer meaning from complex spoken and written material

● assimilate and use information from spoken and written sources, including material from online media

● summarise information from spoken sources, reporting key points and subject matter

● translate from Spanish into English.


Paper 2: Written response to works and translation


Students should be able to:

● develop a detailed understanding and appreciation of the works studied, by writing critical and analytical responses in the language of study to the works, taken from a prescribed list provided

● produce responses that relate to features such as the form and the technique of presentation, key concepts and issues and the social context, as appropriate to the work studied

● present viewpoints; develop arguments; persuade; and analyse and evaluate

● manipulate language accurately through translating an unseen passage from English into Spanish. Students must study two discrete Spanish works: either two literary texts, or one literary text and one film. The works must be taken from a prescribed list of texts and films. The literary texts listed include a range of novels, plays and a series of short stories. All of the films are feature length. The content of the translation will be a passage based on one of the four themes.


Paper 3: Speaking


Students should be able to demonstrate:


  • Knowledge and understanding of the cultural context by giving ideas, examples and information on one of the themes and on a chosen subject

Of interest, they have researched linked to the social and cultural context of the language studied

  • The ability to analyse aspects of the cultural context by presenting and justifying valid arguments, viewpoints and conclusions
  • The ability to interact and hold a natural and fluent discourse
  • Skill in manipulating language accurately
  • The ability to respond to written language in speech. These aspects are assessed via two distinct tasks conducted entirely in the target language, which are carried out in consecutive order in one session.



The course will cover four main themes throughout the two years:

● La evolución de la sociedad Española

● La cultura política y artística en el mundo hispanohablante

● La inmigración y la sociedad multicultural Española

● La dictadura franquista y la transición a la democracia

Enrichment Opportunities

There is a work experience opportunity for students who have opted to continue with Spanish at A Level and they spend a week in Spain working in different companies to gain a better understanding of real work life in Spain as well as the chance to further develop their language skills.


There is also an exchange in Spanish that A Level students can join and spend one week with a partner in the UK and one in the country of the language studied.


Written Examination:

Duration: 2 Hours

40% Of A Level


30 marks


30 marks

Translation into English

20 marks

Written Examination #2:

Duration: 2 Hours 40 Minutes

30% Of Total A Level

Translation into Spanish

20 marks

Written response to works (literary texts)

50 marks

Written response to works (films)

50 marks

Speaking Examination: 

Duration: 23 Minutes

30% Of Total A Level

Discussion of a theme

30 marks

Independent research presentation and discussion

42 marks