King James' School



What’s it all about? 

By studying Spanish, you’ll stand out from the crowd: 61% of the UK population don’t speak a foreign language! (source: Eurobarometer survey 2012). A language opens opportunities and widens career choices as well as employment prospects: almost 300 of Britain’s top employers believe an additional language boosts employability (source: CILT). Universities too look favourably at language qualifications and some courses even require a language. Many scientists believe that knowledge of another language can boost your brainpower (source: BBC). 

AS : There are four main topic areas:   

Aspects of Hispanic society

Artistic culture in the Hispanic world


Works : literary film

A2 : There are four main topic areas:

Social issues and trends

Political and artistic culture


Works: either one literary text and a film or 2 texts 

Exam and Assessment Information: 


AS Level - 7691 

This is a linear qualification and students will sit all their exams at the end of the year.  There are three papers. 

Paper 1 - Listening, reading and writing

Written exam - 1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks - 45% of AS

Paper 2 - Writing

Written exam - 1 hour 30 minutes, 50 marks - 25% of AS

Paper 3 - Speaking

                Oral exam - 12-14 minutes, 60 marks - 30% of AS 

A2 Level - 7692


This qualification is linear and students will sit all their exams at the end of the year.  There are three papers.


Paper 1 - Listening, reading & writing - 2hours 30 minutes, 100 marks, 50% of A Level 

Paper 2 - Written exam - 2 hours, 80 marks, 20% of A Level 

Paper 3 - Oral Exam - 23 minutes, 0 marks, 30% of A Level

To get started: 

Grade B in GCSE Spanish is required. 

The emphasis is on the culture and society of Spain or Spanish speaking countries.  A set text or film is now compulsory at AS to encourage critical thinking skills.  An independent research topic at A-level will be assessed through the speaking test (presentation and discussion).  Grammar is key throughout and there are translations into English (AS & A-level) and into Spanish (A-level).  Students are expected to read and listen to Spanish outside lessons on an independent basis.  Furthermore, students are encouraged to take part in the exchange to Córdoba (Spain).

What next? 

Potential careers: international law, journalism, travel & tourism, teaching, working in finance, design, fashion and engineering for those aiming at highly globalised industry, etc.

Our students say … 

“Learning Spanish allows you to experience a whole new world of opportunities, whether it be travelling, looking for a job or just learning about a new culture.” Danielle Win-Johnson