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Spanish AS & A Level at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The course provides engaging and inviting opportunities for learners to build on their knowledge of Spanish. It has been designed to give you a profound understanding of Spanish and expand your cultural awareness. Not only will you know more about the mechanics of the language - like grammar and vocabulary - but also about how people live and use the language in Spain and in Spanish Speaking countries around the world.

At A Level, the requirement to research an area of personal interest will enhance students' cultural appreciation and enable them to gain a greater awareness of intercultural differences.

You will learn in a wide variety of ways, including pair work, group work, games as well as independent learning and the use of online interactive resources. You will need to work hard and learn independently. Regularly, you will get a variety of homework tasks to work on your four basic skills, widen your range of vocabulary and improve your understanding and use of grammar.

Entry requirements

Usually you'll need five or more A*-C (9-4) grades at GCSE, including maths and English. A new grade scale is in operation for maths and English which is numerical. The equivalent to a B grade will be a 6 and the equivalent to a C grade will be 5 for entry requirement purposes.

To study Spanish you must have a minimum grade B in GCSE Spanish.


The A Level qualification composes of 3 examinations (2 written and 1 speaking) at the end of 2 years of study.

The three components will cover:

Being a young person in Spanish-speaking society
Families and citizenship
Youth trends and personal identity
Education and employment opportunities

Understanding the Spanish-speaking world
Regional culture and heritage in Spain, Spanish-speaking countries and communities
Media, art, film and music in the Spanish-speaking world

Diversity and difference
Migration and integration
Cultural identity and marginalisation
Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
Discrimination and diversity

The two Spains: 1936 onwards
El franquismo
Post-Civil War Spain - historical and political repercussions
Spain - coming to terms with the past?

Two Cultural topics
Study of a book and a film

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

Apart from being beneficial at a personal level, your A Level in Spanish can help with quite a few career paths. You could specialise in language with translation or teaching or maybe work in the travel and tourism industry. You can also combine a lot of subjects at University with Spanish. Here are just a few examples: Art & Spanish, Business & Spanish, History & Spanish, Law & Spanish, Mathematics & Spanish, etc.

Further information

At NULC, you will get a range of opportunities for trips and visits.

For further information please contact the subject lectuer; Edna Acosta de Dale, at:

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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