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Spanish A Level at South Downs College

Course description

Are you passionate about languages? Do you want to communicate with speakers of a foreign language? Are you interested in other cultures and discussing current affairs? Do you enjoy learning grammar, reading and writing? Do you have a good memory and a logical mind?

Then this course is for you!

A foreign language will greatly enhance your job opportunities both in the UK and abroad. If you are considering a career in business, international organisations, travel and tourism, hospitality, interpreting, translating or teaching, then having advanced language skills can be invaluable.

Course content

During this two year course, you will explore the language, culture and society of the countries where the language is spoken and develop a critical and analytical approach to film and literature in Spanish. You will carry out independent research on a chosen aspect of social, cultural, artistic and political life.

Listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will be continuously practised and developed. You will be encouraged to express opinions, discuss topics and current affairs and use a wider range of vocabulary and grammatical structures to become an accurate and independent user of the language.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in our organised visits and student exchanges.

Year 1 Topics:

  • Aspects of Hispanic society: social issues and current trends.
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world: modern day idols, Spanish regional identity, cultural heritage.
  • Detailed study of a film or book.

Year 2 Topics:

  •  Multiculturalism in Hispanic society: immigration, racism and integration.
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world: today‚Äôs youth; monarchies, republics and dictatorships; popular movements.
  • Detailed study of a book.


Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics.


Students will be entered for three examination papers:

Paper 1:  Listening, Reading and Writing (Translation)

Paper 2:  Writing (an essay on one text and one film or two texts from a set list)

Paper 3:  Speaking (discussion of a stimulus card plus individual research project).


Future opportunities

You may decide to continue to study language at university by either focusing on one language or combining language study with almost any other subject.

This A Level is a great asset for University and employment as you will acquire invaluable transferable skills such as autonomy, creativity, analytical and critical thinking and communication skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Downs College directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2016

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