Bolton School Sixth Form Girls



Our aim is to help you to extend your linguistic skills so that you can speak and write Spanish both confidently and fluently. During the course you will:

Develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
Expand your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and acquire new skills such as translation and interpreting.
Learn to analyse literary texts and films in the target language.
Recognise the importance of linguistic competence in today’s global workplace.
Learn more about Spanish speaking countries.

What will I study?

All girls will have the opportunity to take AS and A2 in this subject.

At AS you will cover a range of topics which will give you an opportunity to discover more about modern & traditional values, cyberspace & equal rights within the Spanish speaking world. You will gain an insight into Hispanic culture through the study of modern day idols & cultural heritage and you will also study a film.At A2 you will look at topics such as multiculturalism, today’s youth and different types of government from a Hispanic perspective. You will also study a book and to increase your appreciation of the culture & society of a country where Spanish is spoken you will be able to do an individual research project.  

How will I be assessed?

There are three parts to the assessment at AS Level:

Paper 1:
Skills assessed: listening, reading and translation (into English)
Examination length: 1 hour 45 minutes, weighting 45% of AS

Paper 2:
Skills assessed: translation (into Spanish) and writing (based on study of a film)
Examination length: 1 hour 15 minutes, weighting 25% of AS

12-14 minutes (plus 15 minutes’ preparation time before the test), weighting 30% of AS.

There are three parts to the assessment at A2 Level:

Paper 1:
Skills assessed: listening, reading and translation (into English and Spanish).
Examination length: 2 hours 30 minutes, weighting 50% of A Level.

Paper 2:
Skills assessed: writing (based on the study of a book and a film).
Examination length: 2 hours, weighting 20% of A Level.

21-23 minutes (incl. 5 minutes’ preparation time), weighting 30% of A Level

Desirable requirements

You should have an interest in Spanish language and culture and a desire to extend your knowledge through hard work and independent study. You should be keen to explore how language works and a willingness to communicate with others both in and out of the classroom is a key requirement. We would also strongly recommend that you should have a grade 7 at GCSE.

How will I study?

Each group is taught by two members of the department. In lessons you will access material from a variety of sources including textbooks, the internet, magazines and films. You will have a weekly conversation slot with the language assistant to help you develop your speaking skills. You will be encouraged to become a more independent language learner and to pursue your individual interests. There will be opportunities to attend film evenings and university language days and to participate in the sixth form study trip to Cádiz. You may also choose to undertake work experience in Spain.


“This year I have studied Spanish, French, English Language and Mathematics, of which I have especially enjoyed Spanish.  At university I hope to study Spanish and French. This year I have had the opportunity to go on the Cadiz trip in the autumn term, which was a really fun experience, and it helped to improve my speaking. The topics we covered this year were really interesting and gave us an insight into many aspects of the Spanish-speaking world. Although this year has been a challenge, as the AS Spanish course is much harder than GCSE, we have all improved massively, particularly in our speaking due to regular sessions with the language assistant. My favourite part of the course has been studying the film, because it is different to anything I have done before.”