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Spanish Level 3 - AS Level/A Level at Exeter College

Course description

You will use a wide selection of materials drawn from a variety of sources including TV programmes, magazines, recorded news items and books. Many of these materials are authentic originals produced in the country whose language you are studying. You will find out about many aspects of contemporary Spain and learn to express your own views on interesting matters.

Course content

AS Level: The lessons will be taught as much as possible in the target language and this will help you to enhance your competence in the language by practising the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The understanding of grammar and the acquisition of vocabulary will be practised and checked regularly.

The reading and writing materials are based on 2 different topic areas which at this level include:

  • Leisure and lifestyles, including travel and tourism, customs and traditions, hobbies and entertainment, and healthy living (sport, eating disorders, drugs, smoking etc.)
  • The Individual and Society, to include relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture and education and the world of work

A2 Level: At this level topics will include environmental issues, social and political issues including media, immigration, commerce and globalisation. The Guided studies option entails study of two or three cultural topics taken from either: The World of Cinema, The World of Literature or The Regions of Spain. All four language skills feature in the assessment.

Entry requirements

You need at least five GCSEs at Grade C including English Language and Maths at Grade C+, and GCSE Spanish at Grade B or above. Other experience may be taken into account.


There will be two externally assessed examinations at the end of the AS year. You will take one oral examination, worth 40% of the AS grade (and 20% of the full A Level.) It is approximately 15 minutes long. The written exam is a mixed-skill paper comprising Listening, Reading, Grammar tasks, Translation from Spanish to English, and an essay. It lasts 2 hours 30 minutes and is worth 60% of the AS Level (and 30% of the full A Level).

A good deal of speaking and writing practice will be done in small groups or in pairs. Listening will happen as much as possible individually, and you will take home some listening and reading texts as homework. In our learning resource centre you will have access to satellite, the Internet, magazines, films, documentaries and other listening and reading materials. This will help with practising your language skills. The AS and A2 courses are organised in modules, but you will take all assessment in a final exam at the end of the year. The papers cover two or more skills, for example you will be tested in reading, writing and listening in one exam. There is no coursework element any more.

Future opportunities

Careers which involve languages include leisure and tourism, teaching, business including banking, international law, politics, translating and interpreting as well as teaching. Language qualifications are always attractive to employers and university admissions tutors. AS level offers a qualification between GCSE and A level. Both AS levels and A levels offer you the opportunity to gain points for entry into Higher Education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 February 2016
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