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Spanish A Level at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

The A level course is designed to follow on naturally from GCSE with equal emphasis placed on each of the four language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing.  You will develop not only your level of Spanish to an advanced standard, but also your knowledge of the society and culture, past and present, of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries.

Course content

The course will cover themes such as:

(i) Social issues and trends in the Hispanic world (e.g. changes in the family, attitudes to marriage, cyberspace, equal rights, multiculturalism)

(ii) Political and artistic culture in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries (e.g. Spanish regional identity, the cultural heritage in the Hispanic world, the Spanish monarchy, dictatorships)

You will also study grammar of the language to help you use and understand more complicated structures.


Study Visits

A study visit/exchange to Spain (Madrid, Seville or Barcelona) is offered for both first and second year students. Work with students in our partner schools in Spain is a key part of these visits.

The trips/exchange are not compulsory, but they are strongly recommended for improving communication skills and giving you the opportunity to experience Spanish culture and life.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 GCSE Spanish. If you have a Grade 5, evidence of a higher tier ability in at least 2 of the four skills will be required.


Listening, reading, writing, translation and speaking skills will all be assessed through three exam papers.

Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Translation

Paper 2 – Writing

Paper 3 - Speaking


Financial information

Around £350 for the residential study visit.

Future opportunities

This course could lead you onto higher education to study Spanish, Languages or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job requiring a knowledge of Spanish or Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, Hotel Manager, Foreign Affairs Journalist, or you may wish to use your Spanish to study or work over in Spain, especially in the tourism sector.

The EU Commission has declared foreign languages to be a 'basic skill' for lifelong learning and citizenship. In every environment, speaking languages will give you access to the whole world

Further information

To find out more about this course, visit the Languages Department at one of our Open Evenings, or speak to school/college careers staff.

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: 21 September 2017
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.