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Do you have an interest in Hispanic society, culture, traditions and politics, which add colour to Spanish-speaking countries? Do you enjoy constructing your own arguments in a foreign language? Are you keen to participate in discussions and good at listening to others? Then AS-level Spanish is for you!

This course should be taken alongside 3 A-levels (or equivalent). The AS-level is a one year course with all assessments at the end of Year 1.

Course Content

Aspects of Hispanic Society

  • The influence of cyberspace
  • Traditional and modern values
  • Gender equality
  • Grammar

Artistic culture in the Hispanic World

  • Regional Identity in Spain
  • Art heritage
  • The influence of celebrities
  • Grammar

One book or one film

The AS-level includes an element of translation both ways, so your competence in English is vital.

For more information, please the AQA website. 

Methods of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

You will be tutored by well-qualified and experienced staff. You often work in pairs or small groups, as well as being encouraged to show initiative in your private study.

Good progress is made by use of the target language in the classroom. Your attendance and achievement are monitored regularly.

Targets are set regularly throughout the course to help you focus on achievement and progress. Independent learning is an integral part of the course.

Method of Assessment

The four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking - are assessed regularly through internal tests and by final examination.


You will be given opportunities throughout the year to go on trips to the cinema, theatre, universities and conferences. You can also complete interactive activities to enrich your knowledge and your teacher will direct you through this. You can also choose to go on a work experience placement, intensive course or exchange to Spain. In addition, you will have the opportunity to mentor school pupils during their course and involve yourself in various learning activities. By doing so, you will be passing your love of the Spanish language and culture to local youngsters.

Key Skills  

You will have numerous opportunities to develop your communication skills through written and verbal expression of your own ideas in whole class, small group and one-to-one situations. Use of information technology and independent study are integral to the course.


The courses are supported by textbooks, DVDs, podcasts and a wide variety of authentic material as well as television and radio broadcasts and internet resources. The College’s Virtual Learning Environment allows you to access podcasts, videos, homework, class work and a wide range of resources prepared and selected by your teachers. We also have the platform e-streaming with documentaries and films.

You will be expected to purchase some books to be used in class and at home.


You may progress to complete a full A-level in Spanish. Thinking further, many students of this College have gone on to study a combined degree of Spanish and many other subjects, or a degree in Spanish.

Equally, studying Spanish will open your door to many other degrees where the skills acquired in the course are valued: Criminology, Law, Accountancy, History and many more. Other students have found the communication skills and global outlook very useful in apprenticeships and the world of work straight after College.

A foreign language qualification is also considered to be a most valuable asset by employers in a range of occupations within the fields of engineering, medicine, diplomacy, the sciences and many others.

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