This course builds on the knowledge and skills you have acquired at GCSE, to help you express yourself more spontaneously in the language, while learning more about the Spanish speaking world. Assessment includes an oral examination and two written tasks, including listening, reading, writing and translation.
- Course Type School Leaver
- Subject Area Languages
- Qualification A Level 🧩
- Study Mode: Full Time Only
- Course Level Level 3
- Location Hele Road Centre
- Course Length 2 years
By the end of the A Level course in Spanish, you will be able to have a conversation with a Spanish speaker about a wide range of subjects. You will also be able to understand “authentic” Spanish that is written for native speakers. At the same time, you will learn a lot about the culture and society of the Spanish-speaking world.
The course is ideal if you enjoy learning about the cultures and societies of the Spanish speaking world, if you like learning by doing and if you like to be active in class and don’t mind giving things a go and taking risks.
Lessons will feel very practical and interactive. The teacher will speak mainly in Spanish in class, and you will quickly get used to talking in Spanish to your classmates while you work on tasks. You will be assessed in listening, reading, speaking and writing, at the end of the second year.
What topics will I study?
You will learn Spanish while learning about the culture and societies of the Spanish-speaking world. We will look at current trends in Hispanic society, such as the struggle for equal rights, changing attitudes towards the family and religion, the impact of technology, and multiculturalism in the Spanish-speaking world.
The culture of Spain and Latin America is another area of study. This involves learning about, for example, Spanish gastronomy, regional differences, Spanish artists, South American pop stars or architects. We will look at aspects of the political situation in Spain and Latin America, as well as the dictators that ruled in parts of the 20th century.
We also study a film and a play in detail. You will write essays about these, so you will learn about how to analyse camera angles or symbolism, for example, and express this in Spanish.
In the second year, you will choose an aspect of the Spanish-speaking world that you find interesting, and research this in preparation for your oral exam.
- Study highlights of Hispanic artistic culture, including a focus on Spanish regional identity and the cultural heritage of past civilisations
- Study a Spanish film and a play
- Work from original source documents, including on line media, films and television programmes
- Explore an area of particular interest in the Spanish speaking world in an individual research project
- Take advantage of our extensive virtual learning environments and our social media platform
- Have the opportunity to take part in a study visit to
Seville in southern Spain
What can I study alongside this course?
English Language, Literature, Film Studies, Politics, Geography, History and French/ German all overlap in different ways. However, languages are required alongside other skills in the workplace, so combining Spanish with Science A Levels, Business Studies or almost any other combination is very useful.
Some students go on to study a foreign language at university and may choose to specialise in an area of language such as translation, interpreting or language teaching. Many students combine a language with another area of interest such as Law, Engineering or Business, among many other possibilities. This enables them to establish a career abroad or with international companies.
- Entry Requirements
Standard entry requirements: Eight GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language and Maths).
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: Grade 6 or above in GCSE Spanish. Other experience in Spanish may be taken into account.
We normally offer practice with a Spanish Language Assistant alongside class work. In our weekly IT suite session, we focus mainly on listening and research skills. A wide range of electronic and paper-based resources enable students to work independently. You will have access to several learning resources centres. There is a refectory in the Hele Building and in other areas of the college.
- Additional Costs
There are some costs of materials and resources, for an indication of what these might be please click to view the fees for September 2020.
This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.
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