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Spanish A Level at East Riding College

Course description

This course will be of interest to you if you have a strong interest in language and the culture of different countries. You will develop language skills to communicate effectively and confidently on different issues and concerns. The course will provide you with skills very much in demand for jobs in a global economy.

This qualification would help with a career in teaching, interpreting and translation.

You can study this subject for one year and earn an AS-level or for two years and earn an A2-level.

Course content

Unit one: Spoken Expression and Response:

This unit rewards students for their ability to converse in Spanish on a general topic area that has been chosen in advance. Students will need to demonstrate that they can engage in discussion in Spanish that relates to a chosen general topic area and allied subtopics.

Students are expected to give relevant and appropriate information, convey opinions, interact and respond to a range of questions, chosen from the general topic areas:

  • Youth culture and concerns
  • Lifestyle: health and fitness
  • The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Spanish-speaking world
  • Education and employment

Unit two: Understanding and Written Response:

This unit requires the students to understand and convey their understanding of Spanish-language texts and recordings.

In addition students will need to produce an essay to demonstrate an ability to manipulate the Spanish language in continuous writing. Students will be expected to recognise the use of Spanish language in a variety of contexts and in relation to a prescribed range of general topic areas.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE's grade A* to C, or have completed at least four years of study or have lived in a Spanish-speaking country and be able to sustain a conversation and manipulate the language both in spoken and written forms.

A satisfactory interview and an initial assessment.


Unit one:  Spoken Expression and Response in Spanish:

  • Externally assessed: 8-10 minute assessment in two sections: 
  • (30 per cent of the total AS marks)

Unit two:   Understanding and Written Response in Spanish

  • Externally assessed: Two hours 30 minute paper in three sections (listening, reading, writing)
  • (70 per cent of the total AS marks)

Future opportunities

The course is ideal preparation for a career in teaching, translating or interpreting, or for a degree in Spanish.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 April 2016

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