A Level

Course Entry Requirements

Five A* – C grades at GCSE including a minimum of grade 5/C in GCSE English and a grade C in GCSE Spanish.

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2018, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2019 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.

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What will I study?

The subject content of the course can be divided into three sections:

  1. Social issues and trends.
    You will study the following in relation to at least one Spanish speaking country:
    Aspects of Hispanic society – modern and traditional values, cyberspace, equal rights
    Multiculturalism – immigration, racism, integration
  2. Political and artistic culture.
    You will study the following trends:
    Artistic culture in the Hispanic world
    Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
  3. Literacy texts and films.
    You will study either one text and one film or two texts from a given list.

What skills do I need?

  • Good listening skills
  • Good communication skills both spoken and written
  • Effective study skills

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Why should I study this course?

Spanish is spoken in 21 countries. Around 400 million people speak Spanish as a native language, second only to Mandarin Chinese. There are 500 million speakers worldwide.

The skills and qualifications gained from studying Spanish at A level will put you at an advantage when competing for jobs in our multilingual global society.

How is the course assessed?

This linear course is a 100% examination based qualification with no coursework to complete. The final grade is determined as a result of taking three examinations at the end of the second year. These examinations cover all the content that you have covered over the two years of study. The examinations themselves are as follows:

Paper 1:  Listening, reading and writing. 2.5 hours in length. 40% of the A Level marks.

Paper 2:  Writing. 2 hours. 30% of the A Level marks.

Paper 3:  Speaking. 25 minutes. 30% of the A Level marks.

What will this course prepare me for?

This course will enable you to embark on a degree in Spanish or one of the many combined degrees now available which will give you the kind of diverse qualification many employers are looking for in the global economy.

Private Study

You will be expected to complete at least 4 hours of private study a week and attend a weekly conversation class. You will also need to show an interest in current affairs and have an interest in the culture of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world would be a great advantage.

What materials will I need to provide?

The college will provide you will basic text books and learning materials. You will need to provide paper, pens and other writing materials. We would advise you to obtain a bilingual dictionary once you start the course.

How will I be taught?

You will experience a wide variety of learning activities during the course to practice and improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. This will include online interactive learning, group work and conversation classes. You will also have the opportunity of taking part in a trip to Spain.

A level Spanish is for you if:

  • You are keen to communicate in Spanish at a higher level
  • You are interested in the Spanish-speaking world
  • You enjoy travel
  • You want a qualification which is highly regarded by both employers and universities.

A Level Spanish is not for you if:

  • You are not prepared to learn and practise new language on a weekly basis
  • You are not interested in expressing your opinions on the topics studied
  • You do not want to broaden your horizons