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Spanish GCE AS/A Level at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

Spanish takes you to the next level of learning and communication after GCSE. It pushes you to master the grammar and vocabulary to manipulate complex language orally and in writing, as well as to understand increasingly sophisticated reading and listening passages. You learn to listen, speak, explain, interpret, read, write and analyse a wide range of themes and issues. Above all, you learn to feel at home with the Spanish language, Spanish life and culture.

Course content

AS Level


  • Television
  • Advertising
  • Communication technology

Popular Culture

  • Cinema
  • Music
  • Fashion/trends

Healthy Living/Lifestyle

  • Sport/exercise
  • Health and well-being
  • Holidays


  • Relationships within the family
  • Friendships
  • Marriage/partnerships

During the year, you will have an opportunity to participate in privately arranged work experience in Spain via a specialist educational agency.


A Level

A Level Spanish further develops and strengthens your communicative skills, sharpens your accuracy and manipulation of language and increases your knowledge both of Spanish culture and of issues which affect contemporary Spain and the Spanish-speaking world.

Environmental Issues

  • Pollution: global warming
  • Energy: nuclear and renewable energy
  • Protecting the planet: conservation, sustainability and recycling

Multicultural Society

  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism

Contemporary Society

  • Wealth and poverty
  • Law and order
  • Impact of scientific and technological progress

Cultural Topic

  • A period of 20th century history from a Spanish speaking country
  • A region/community
  • A dramatist, author or poet
  • A director, architect, musician or painter from a target language-speaking country/community

We have committed, experienced teachers who are specialists in Spanish at this level. You will be taught using a variety of methods to include pair and group work and debates. All teaching is in Spanish with an extra session per week with a Spanish assistant for oral work.

Entry requirements

You will need an average GCSE points score of 5.5 including GCSE English at grade 5 and Spanish at grade B.


AS Level

  • Speaking Test – 35 minutes (including 20 minutes preparation) – 15% (30% of AS only)
  • This includes a discussion based on a visual stimuli and a general conversation on the AS topics.
  • Listening, Reading and Writing – 2 hours – 35% (70% of AS)

A Level

  • Speaking Test – 35 minutes (including 20 minutes preparation) – 15%
  • This first part of the oral exam is a structured discussion based on a short written stimulus (15-20 minutes preparation and 6 minutes discussion). In the second part, you will give an oral presentation based on either a film, a book or a region of a Spanish speaking country from the list of prescribed texts and topics.
  • Reading, Listening, Writing – 2 hours 30 minutes – 35%

Please note there is no coursework.

Financial information

You should budget about £60 per year for books and examination papers. You are encouraged to also buy a good dictionary.


Students will be able to participate in an externally organised work experience week in Spain which usually takes place during the academic year. More details will be given during the course.


Visits in London to plays and exhibitions are optional as well as trips abroad (approximately £550). We have had very successful and enjoyable trips to Spain but these are only offered if enough students are interested.

Future opportunities

A large proportion of A Level students at RuTC continue with Spanish at university as part of a degree course. Many of our students also keep a language component in other degree courses and spend a year abroad with the Erasmus scheme.


In your future career having an A Level in a language will make you stand out from the crowd. Prestigious and Russell group universities now require a good grade in a language at GCSE level. Languages are considered as facilitating subjects to get into top universities.


Studying languages develops skills highly valued by employers. Speaking another language not only means that you can communicate with people from another nationality, it also means that you are more tolerant, more attentive to details and better at problem solving.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017
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