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Spanish AS/A2 Level at Alton College

Course description

If you are interested in the way of life of Spanish speakers; if you enjoy speaking Spanish and want to be able to express yourself in sophisticated, accurate Spanish, if you are fascinated by Spanish and its differences from English, then more advanced language study is for you. Through listening, reading, speaking and writing the language you will gain awareness and understanding of the cultural and social background of the countries where Spanish is spoken.

Course content

In lessons you will use Spanish constantly to understand and to communicate your own reactions and views. You will learn about people and society in Spanish-speaking countries from a variety of Spanish language sources, fact and fiction, using print, audio and video media. You will often work in pairs and small groups and can work at your own pace using audio, video, text and internet based resources in the multimedia language laboratory and via the College’s Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment).

In the first few weeks we help you make the transition from GCSE to more advanced work, starting with short texts and audio extracts for discussion and short pieces of writing. You will develop your personal study skills and start individual reading and listening programmes. To enable you to feel more confident about the language you can use there will be a strong focus on grammar understanding and grammar practice.

Constant practise and use of the language are the key to progress, so besides set tasks for homework you will be expected to spend time on guided independent study, including reading, listening, watching news reports and other video materials, whether paper-based or online.

Entry requirements

Students studying a 3 or 4 AS level programme should normally have achieved an average GCSE point score of 5.5 or above and at least a grade C in Maths and/or English (unless specified otherwise). Students with a point score between 4.5 - 5.5 will normally take a mixture of Subsidiary Diplomas and AS levels.



For both AS and A2 you will be tested on listening and reading comprehension, written language accuracy, translation between languages and your speaking skills.

For the AS qualification (1 year) you will also study and write about a film or book.

In the two-year A level examination you will be tested on the study of a book and a film.

Financial information

All students will be expected to buy their own learning materials and stationery.

Essential for AS: approx £25 for textbooks. £10 for other materials e.g. on-line login

Essential for A level: over two years approx £50 for textbooks, £20 for other materials, eg. on-line login

Optional: trips e.g. plays, conference days (£15 - £20 per trip), possible overseas visits £400-500

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Future opportunities

Language study contributes to a broad general education and gives you invaluable practical and transferable skills for the future. You may choose to specialise in Spanish at university or combine Spanish with other subjects such as Engineering or History. In most careers nowadays language abilities are highly valued and most modern Higher Education courses encourage an element of language study as an extra module or additional skill. Recent A Level linguists have gone on to take, among others, Business Studies, European Studies, International or European Law.

Rory successfully completed her Spanish A Level and is now at the University of Warwick where he is combining Spanish with French.

Daisy is now studying Spanish at Leeds University having obtained high grades in her A Level examinations.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 August 2016

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