Spanish AS/A Level


Studying Spanish will help students develop the much-prized communication skills, that are so in demand by employers.

Students have the opportunity to practice their language skills in the College's well-resourced language laboratories, with access to the latest multimedia technology.

In addition, language students benefit from the support of  dedicated Foreign Language Assistants who are great at encouraging students to try out their speaking skills - for example using interactive games and quizes.

All students will have the opportunity to take part in a study trip to Spain, where they will stay with families, study the language for part of the day, and enjoy various activities -  a great way to learn about Spanish culture and improve their speaking skills!

What goes well with this course?

Languages combine well with any subject. As well as offering pure language degrees, virtually all universities offer the chance to continue studying a language alongside another subject as part of a joint degree, or as a subsidiary subject.


In the workplace language skills are highly valued, with employers typically paying higher salaries to those with a language qualification. In Higher Education, a single or joint honours degree in one or more languages, or in another subject plus a language, leads to greater employability – and the opportunity to perhaps work abroad.

Course Content

The course covers a wide variety of current issues over the two years. As well as revising and extending some of the topics studied at GCSE, students will learn about social and cultural themes within Hispanic society, including social values, equality and multiculturalism, regional identity and the influence of heritage, as well as studying aspects of politics and history.  In addition, students will study in depth both a film and a work of literature.  Grammar and language skills are integrated into the topic areas.


Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Spanish AS/A Level students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • a trip to Salamancafor a week-long study trip to a language school
  • a trip to San Sebastian where the students studied Spanish and took part in cultural visits and activities


The exam is taken in May/June and consists of 3 papers, all externally assessed:

At AS, a speaking examination lasting approximately 15 minutes, a listening, reading and writing paper (1 hour 45 minutes), and a writing paper including essay and translation (1 hour 30 minutes).

At A2 a speaking examination lasting approximately 18 minutes, a listening, reading and writing paper (2 hours 30 minutes), and a writing paper including essay and translation (2 hours).

The exam board for this A Level is AQA. 

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:  

  • Grade B in Spanish and Grade 4 in English Language

Students will enjoy this course if they:

  • enjoy communicating through writing and speaking
  • have an interest in the culture of the Spanish speaking world
  • are thinking of travelling, taking a gap year, or working abroad

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2017

The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the AS/A Level in Spanish information leaflet.

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