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Spanish at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

There are now more native Spanish-speakers in the world than those of any other language except Mandarin Chinese (yes, more people have Spanish as their first language than English!)

However, Spanish A-level is much more than just a communication qualification. In fact, it is one of the most diverse courses imaginable, covering everything from Cuban politics to Colombian cinema, Mexican art to Spanish theatre whilst also considering gender stereotypes, the rise of the Internet, racial discrimination, celebrity culture, immigration policy and much more!

This is a course for adventurous students who want the skills that come with learning a foreign language but who also want to discover new ideas and cultures, and look at the world we live in from a different perspective.

Course content

Social, Political and Cultural Topics:

The following 12 topics (categorised into 4 broader areas) will be studied as we work on the development of speaking, listening, reading writing and translation skills:

Aspects of Hispanic society
  • Modern and traditional values
  • Cyberspace
  • Equal rights (gender equality, LGBT rights)
Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism
Theme 2 – Political and artistic culture
Artistic culture in the Hispanic world:
  • Modern day idols ( the influemce of celebrities)
  • Spanish regional identity(Festivals, food, regional languages)
  • Cultural heritage( art/architecture, music, Aztecs/Mayans, Muslim heritages in Spain)
Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world:
  • Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens (Youth engagements with politics)
  • Monarchies and dictatorships
  • Popular movements
Literature and Film
The main written element of the Spanish A-level is an essay paper in which students are assessed on their critical responses to a film and a play which they have studied in depth. We will be studying:
Film: María, llena eres de gracia (directed by Joshua Marston)
Maria, IIena eres de gracia is the intensely moving story of a headstrong, pregnant Colombian teenager who becomes involved in the drugs trade. Out of work and desperate for money, María takes a job smuggling drugs from Colombia to the United States, but nothing about her trip goes as planned…
Play: Fernando Fernán Gómez, Las bicicletas son para el verano
Las bicicletas son para el verano is a gripping masterpiece of modern Spanish theatre. Beginning in Madrid in the summer of 1936, the play tells the story of one family’s struggles during the Spanish civil war and the Franco dictatorship which followed. It is a play about hope, despair and the horrors of war.
Individual research project
With support and guidance from their teacher, students select and research a topic of their choice, which can be anything relating to Spain or a Spanish-speaking country. They are then assessed on their project as part of their speaking examination. This is a real opportunity for students to become experts in a topic that excites them and gets them thinking.

Entry requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for an A Level course that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would attain at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.


Paper 1 – Listening reading and writing
Exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes
100 marks
50% of A Level
Paper 2 – Writing
Written exam: 2 hours
80 marks
20% of A Level
Paper 3 – Speaking
Speaking exam: 21-23 minutes in length based on research project
60 marks
30% of A Level

Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund.

Future opportunities

Spanish has the advantage of being both a practical employment skill and a subject which is perceived to be highly academic, meaning that it is much sought after by both universities and employers.

Former languages students choose to deploy their languages skills in a range of rewarding professional contexts, including journalism, law, business, politics and diplomacy. Meanwhile, many other careers are also available specifically for languages graduates, including language teaching (within the UK and abroad), linguistic and cultural research, and translation/interpretation.

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website


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: 09 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September