1. Social issues and trends
2. Political and artistic culture
3. Grammar options
4. Works: literary texts and films
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing
2 hours 30 minutes • 100 marks • 50% of A level
• Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources. All questions are in Spanish, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in Spanish (30 marks).
• Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes. All questions are in Spanish, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in Spanish (50 marks).
• Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks).
• Translation into Spanish; a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks)
Paper 2: Writing
2 hours • 80 marks in total • 20% of A level
• Either one question in Spanish on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in Spanish on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in Spanish on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text. Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay
Paper 3 Speaking
21-23 minutes including 5 minutes preparation time • 60 marks in total • 30% of A level Questions
• Individual research project. One of four themes. Aspects of Spanish speaking society: current trends, Aspects of Spanish-speaking society: current issues, Artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking world, Aspects of political life in the Spanish speaking world.
• Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes). The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test (25 marks).
• Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).