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AS Course Outline

Why choose Edexcel AS Level Spanish?


The new Edexcel AS Level in Spanish has been developed to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

Inspiring and engaging Themes
- There are familiar and popular themes as well as some new content that provides clear links to some of the most fundamental and interesting aspects of the culture of the target language country and communities.

Popular literary texts and films
- There is a rich choice of literary texts and films that includes contemporary and more classical titles, together with authentic source materials from Spain and the wider Spanish-speaking world.

How do students benefit from Spanish AS?

It is anticipated that students will:

Structure of the Course
This course will be taught for 5x 1hour lessons per week. Homework will be set weekly and deadlines must be adhered to. Reading of textbooks is essential.

SPANISH AS (PEARSON) Summary of Content at AS

What is Spanish?

A motivating course of study that will enable students to develop an advanced level knowledge and understanding of the Spanish language, the culture of Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries, as well as practical and valuable language and transferable study skills.

Our assessments place an emphasis on spontaneity and grammar, as well as providing plenty of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently and creatively. Clear mark schemes encourage students to develop ideas, use language to persuade and analyse and give critical responses in their writing and speaking.

What Topics or Questions Will I Study in AS Spanish?

This qualification has a straightforward structure with two engaging themes - La evolución de la sociedad española and La cultura política y artística en el mundo hispanohablante; to be studied alongside either one literary texts or one film and assessed through two externally-examined papers (Papers 1 and 2) and one teacher-examiner conducted speaking assessment (Paper 3) in Year 2.

What Challenge Will I Face in AS Spanish?

A listening assessment based on a recording that features male and female Spanish speakers. Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources.

A reading assessment based on a variety of text-types and genres where students will respond to comprehension questions.

An unseen passage to be translated from Spanish to English and vice versa and an extended response on either one literary text or one film.


Edexcel A-level Spanish, Hodder Education.

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Literary texts

  • Bodas de sangre, Federico García Lorca, 1932 (play)
  • Como agua para chocolate, Laura Esquivel, 1989 (novel)
  • El coronel no tiene quien le escriba, Gabriel García Márquez, 1961 (novel)
  • La casa de Bernarda Alba, Federico García Lorca, 1936 (play)
  • Nada, Carmen Laforet, 1943 (novel)
  • Primera memoria, Ana María Matute 1959 (novel)
  • Réquiem por un campesino español, Ramón J. Sender, 1953 (novel)


  • Diarios de motocicleta, dir. Walter Salles (2004)
  • El laberinto del fauno, dir. Guillermo del Toro (2006)
  • La lengua de las mariposas, dir. José Luis Cuerda (1999)
  • La misma luna, dir. Patricia Riggen (2007)
  • Mar adentro, dir. Alejandro Amenábar (2004)
  • También la lluvia, dir. Icíar Bollaín (2010)
  • Volver, dir. Pedro Almodóvar (2006)